BEIJING, April 14 China's national airline, Air
China, suspended flights from Beijing to the North Korean
capital, Pyongyang, from late on Friday, Chinese state
broadcaster CCTV said.
It did not say why the flights, which operate on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, were being suspended.
CCTV did not give a source for its news report published on
its website and Air China could not immediately be reached for
comment after business hours.
The last flight between the two cities took place on Friday,
with the return flight to Beijing arriving in the early evening,
the broadcaster said.
Air China began regular flights between the two countries in
2008 but the flights were frequently cancelled because of
unspecified problems, the broadcaster said.
China is North Korea's sole major ally but it disapproves of
the North's weapons programmes, and its confrontations with the
United States and its Asian allies, and it has supported U.N.
sanctions against it.
Following repeated missile tests that drew international
criticism, China banned all imports of North Korean coal on Feb.
26, cutting off the country's most important export product.
(Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Robert Birsel)