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Chronology of events leading to S. Korea's adoption of fresh sanctions on N. Korea

All News 15:23 March 08, 2016

SEOUL, March 8 (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronology of major events leading to South Korea's adoption Tuesday of fresh sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests.

-- Jan. 6: North Korea conducts its fourth nuclear test, which it claims to be of a hydrogen bomb. The U.N. Security Council issues a press statement denouncing the test and begins work on a new sanctions resolution to punish the North.

-- Jan. 13: South Korea, the U.S. and Japan hold an emergency meeting of their chief nuclear envoys in Seoul.

-- Feb. 2: North Korea informs the International Maritime Organization and other international agencies of its plan to launch a satellite between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25.

-- Feb. 5: South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping by phone, asking for China's active cooperation in drawing a strong U.N. sanctions resolution.

-- Feb. 7: North Korea launches the Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite from its Sohae rocket launch site. The U.N. Security Council issues a press statement denouncing the launch as a violation of past council resolutions. South Korea and the United States announce plans to begin formal talks on the possible deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in the South.

-- Feb. 10: South Korea announces the suspension of an inter-Korean industrial park in North Korea's border city of Kaesong.

-- Feb. 18: U.S. President Barack Obama signs into law new legislation calling for stronger sanctions on Pyongyang.

-- Feb. 24: The U.S. and China reach agreement on a draft sanctions resolution.

-- March 2: The U.N. Security Council adopts Resolution 2270 imposing the strongest sanctions yet on Pyongyang, including mandatory inspections of all cargo going into and out of North Korea. The U.S. blacklists five North Korean entities, including the powerful National Defense Commission, and 11 North Korean individuals.

-- March 5: The European Union blacklists 16 North Korean individuals and 12 North Korean entities in line with the new U.N. resolution.

-- March 8: South Korea slaps fresh unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang, including a 180-day entry ban on vessels that have visited the North and financial sanctions on 30 North Korean entities and 40 North Korean individuals involved in the development of weapons of mass destruction.

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