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Seoul, Washington discussing stronger sanctions on N. Korea: official

All News 18:40 September 10, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States are already discussing ways to put additional restraints on North Korea to punish the communist state for its latest nuclear test and prompt it to give up its nuclear ambitions, a government official here said Saturday.

"The foreign ministry has sent a list of ways it has come up with to the country's diplomatic mission in the United Nations, which in turn is in consultations with the United States based on that list," the official said, asking not to be identified.

The official also noted Seoul and Washington had already been discussing ways to place further restraints on Pyongyang in case the communist regime conducted another nuclear test.

North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on Friday, calling it a successful test that helped advance its ability to mount a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile.

The new sanctions being discussed between South Korea and the U.S. will be tabled at a United Nations Security Council meeting, which has almost always imposed various sanctions against the North following major provocations by the communist state that include its fourth nuclear test in January.

The new sanctions will seek to fill any loopholes in previous UNSC sanctions resolutions, the official here said, adding they will likely include an extended list of goods or items prohibited from being shipped to and from the North.

The new sanctions resolution will still not include any military measures, the official noted.

"It will likely seek to strengthen existing sanctions by expanding the list of prohibited items and personnel while removing existing exceptions," he said.

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