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S. Korea reviewing stronger unilateral sanctions on N. Korea: foreign ministry

All Headlines 16:29 October 11, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Yonhap) -- A government-wide review is underway in South Korea to adopt a tougher set of unilateral sanctions on North Korea in reaction to the regime's recent nuclear test, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

"(South Korea) is carrying out a broad review of adopting additional independent sanctions," Cho June-hyuck, spokesman at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a regular briefing. "At the pan-government level, (Seoul) is seeking more detailed and effective sanctions measures."

Currently, the U.S., Japan and the European Union are in close cooperation with Seoul over the issue, the spokesman said, adding that "They will be announced publicly as soon as they are fixed."

The content of the new sanctions remains unknown, although Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of North Korea's United Nations membership on the international stage, alluding to punitive action over the issue.

President Park Geun-hye also warned earlier in the day that North Korea may face difficulties in maintaining diplomatic relations with foreign countries if the regime does not stop its nuclear weapons development.

The U.N. is currently in the process to putting into place a new, tougher resolution on North Korea in response to the regime's defiant nuclear test on Sept. 9.

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