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UN Expands Reach of North Korea Sanctions


The United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions on five more North Korean individuals, as well as five entities linked to the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The individuals blacklisted Thursday include two officials with North Korea's General Bureau of Atomic Energy. The bureau is the primary government agency overseeing North Korea's nuclear program.

Turkish envoy Fazil Corman, who heads the North Korea sanctions committee, says the individuals will be subject to travel bans and a freeze on financial assets. The entities are subject to asset freezes.

The Security Council also banned two weapons-related items from moving into or out of North Korea.

The expanded designation list is part of a new round of sanctions imposed on North Korea after the country tested its second nuclear weapon in May.

Those sanctions include banning most weapons shipments and authorizing cargo inspections.

The United States, China, South Korea, Japan and Russia have been trying for years to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. But their offers of aid and improved diplomatic relations have failed to persuade Pyongyang to do so.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP & Reuters.

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