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Thailand agrees to actively enforce N.K. sanctions

All Headlines 10:54 March 08, 2016

SEOUL, March 8 (Yonap) -- Thailand has agreed to "actively" enforce the newly adopted U.N. sanctions on North Korea, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, noting the Southeast Asian state has shared the need for pressuring Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program.

The agreement came as South Korea's First Vice Minister Lim Sung-nam and his Thai counterpart Apichart Chinwanno held a policy consultative meeting in Chiang Mai on Monday, during which they discussed bilateral cooperation in trade, infrastructure development and other areas.

The bilateral high-level meeting was held for the first time in six years.

"Lim explained our position on the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) sanctions resolution and asked Thailand to join the efforts to clearly cut the flow of any money and technology into the North's development of weapons of mass destruction," the ministry said in a press release.

On Wednesday, the Security Council endorsed the package of new sanctions to punish the North for its Jan. 6 nuclear test and Feb. 7 rocket launch. The sanctions include mandatory inspection of all cargo going in and out of the isolated state and a ban on the North's exports of coal, iron ore and other mineral resources.

During the talks, Lim also asked the Thai government to support South Korean firms seeking to participate in the country's infrastructure development projects, including those to construct railways and an integrated water management system, the ministry said.

Pointing to Thailand's decision last year to purchase four South Korean T-50 trainer jets, Lim also voiced hopes that the two nations would work together to bolster cooperation in the defense sector.

The two sides also agreed to make efforts to bolster bilateral trade based on the results of a joint study on the feasibility of a comprehensive economic partnership agreement. Last year, the two-way trade volume reached US$11.3 billion.

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