Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

EU Expands Sanctions Against N. Korea

EU Expands Sanctions Against N. Korea

Tens of thousands of North Koreans gathered for a rally at Kim Il Sung Square carrying placards and propaganda slogans as a show of support for their rejection of the United Nations' latest round of sanctions on Wednesday Aug. 9, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The Council of the European Union said Thursday that it added nine North Korean individuals and four entities to the lists of those subject to an asset freeze and travel restrictions after the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2371 on Saturday in response to Pyongyang's continued missile provocations.

The UN Security Council tightened sanctions against North Korea for the missile tests carried out by the country on Saturday.

The planned meeting came as tensions on the Korean Peninsula have been escalating after U.S. President Donald Trump ratcheted up tensions with North Korea on Friday, saying the military is "locked and loaded" to deal with the regime's provocations.

After intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests of missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland were carried out by North Korea last week, the United Nations imposed its "most stringent" restrictions so far with the intention of cutting almost $1bn out of the country's export revenue.

The sanctions also include targeted measures against 13 people and entities linked to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. Some could reach the mainland US, according to Pyongyang.

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