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Angola voices support for U.N. sanctions on N. Korea

All News 18:02 March 02, 2016

SEOUL, March 2 (Yonhap) -- Angola supports a set of sanctions to be adopted by the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) to punish North Korea for its nuclear and missile tests, Seoul's Foreign Ministry quoted a visiting minister as saying Wednesday.

Candido Pereira dos Santos Van-Dunem, Angola's minister of former combatants and motherland veterans, met with Second Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul to discuss ways to expand cooperation.

Van-Dunem "said the Angolan government backs South Korea's position on the U.N. Security Council's sanctions on North Korea," the ministry said in a press release.

As this month's UNSC chair, Angola is set to preside over the council meeting later in the day, during which the 15 members are widely expected to unanimously adopt a new resolution slapping the toughest yet sanctions on North Korea.

North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and followed it up with a long-range rocket launch on Feb. 7, both in violation of past resolutions.

Cho said the adoption of such a resolution during Angola's presidency would have "symbolic meaning for the development of bilateral relations," according to the ministry.

The two sides also agreed to boost ties in trade, investment and development.

Van-Dunem arrived in Seoul on Sunday for a week-long stay, mainly to increase cooperation on veterans affairs.


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