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Seoul to enforce new restrictions on goods going into N. Korea

All Headlines 11:57 July 09, 2009

By Tony Chang

SEOUL, July 9 (Yonhap) -- Seoul will stiffen control of South Korean goods going into North Korea, mostly banning luxury items such as wine and fur, the Unification Ministry said Thursday.

The restrictions, to take effect as of Friday, are in accordance with U.N. Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1874 adopted after North Korea's second nuclear test on May 25. The resolution prohibits weapons trade with Pyongyang and calls on member states to tighten the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang after its first nuclear test in October 2006. The earlier UNSC resolution bars exports of luxury goods to the North.

The ministry said it will require prior authorization for South Koreans carrying in items from 13 categories including liquor, cosmetics, jewelry, fur products and automobiles.

The government will allow exceptions for South Korean government and business officials who carry in the listed items during travel between the two Koreas on official duty or for personal use during their stay in the North, ministry officials said.

"The government's approval will depend upon whether it believes the goods will be used by South Koreans or given to North Koreans," an official said.

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