The U.S. has quietly sanctioned Chinese company for providing vehicles to North Korea that it used as mobile missile launchers.

The Treasury Dept.’s Oct. 13 announcement, which went largely unnoticed, placed sanctions on the Wuhan Sanjiang Import and Expert Co., Ltd., focused on the sale of equipment to Iran, however. The announcement simply mentions the North Korean transfers in passing, which is a sign of Washington’s aversion to bringing attention to Beijing’s covert support of the North Korean regime.

The Trump administration recently announced a new policy pressuring Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs. But the White House’s ongoing failure to specifically sanction China and its state-run companies for continuing to support Kim Jong-un’s rapid military and missile build-up is raising anew questions about Washington’s seriousness in cutting off North Korea’s economic and weapons lifeline from China.

For instance, the Treasury announcement of sanctions on Wuhan Sanjiang failed to mention the company is a subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp., known as CASIC, a huge state-run mobile missile maker.

Analyst comment: This is just further evidence that Beijing is more concerned about a potential collapse of the North Korean government and the resultant refugee flood it would cause than bending to Washington’s wishes.

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