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S. Korea sees EU's sanctions on Pyongyang as 'resolute' warning message

All Headlines 16:07 April 07, 2017

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea sees the latest European Union's unilateral sanctions against North Korea as a "resolute" warning message in response to Pyongyang's repeated provocations, the foreign ministry said Friday.

On Thursday, the EU unveiled a set of sanctions against the North focusing on restricting investments not just in nuclear and ballistic missile technologies but also in other sectors, such as the conventional arms-related industry, metallurgy and metalworking, and aerospace.

Its members were also asked not to provide any service to North Korea and its people in such areas as the computer, mining, chemical manufacturing and refining sectors.

"We assess (the sanctions) as the EU's resolute warning message put to action in response to the North's repeated provocations," the ministry said in a comment issued in the name of its spokesman.

The ministry viewed them as a significant progress, in particular, toward squeezing money flowing into Pyongyang, citing the recent murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North's leader in Malaysia with the VX nerve agent. The latest measures could affect the regime's pursuit of evading sanctions and obtaining money through cyber hacking.

The ministry said that it will closely cooperate with the EU and the international community to apply more pressure on the North so it will give up its nuclear and missile programs.

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