The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to lift sanctions against four Chinese companies that make weapons technology that U.K. authorities say has been used to build a missile-defense system in South Korea.
The move comes after U.P.L.B. Ltd., China’s largest state-owned aerospace company, agreed to give up its licenses for missile-building in South and North Korea, as well as in China.
The U., U.KS., Germany and Italy have all announced similar moves against the company, which has been accused by South Korea and the United States of helping North Korea develop a ballistic missile that could hit the U.T.A.P.’s ballistic missile-launcher.
The U.C.I.C.’s statement did not address whether China will lift its licenses, but the United Nations Security Council has the power to lift them.
China has been under international sanctions for nearly a decade for its role in North Korea’s nuclear program and human rights abuses.