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S. Korean FM says N. Korea will face 'unendurable' sanctions following new provocation

All News 10:14 April 13, 2017

SEOUL, April 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea will likely face a series of new sanctions it will find hard to endure should the communist state stage additional provocations in the future, Seoul's top diplomat said Thursday.

In a special report to the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, Foreign Ministry Yun Byung-se said China, Pyongyang's key ally, may also take part in additional sanctions against the North should it conduct a nuclear test or test-fire ballistic missiles.

"The U.N. Security Council already has the two most powerful sanctions resolutions against North Korea in place, and as the United States and China recently discussed, additional measures that will be difficult for North Korea to endure will be taken," the minister said when asked what Seoul planned to do following a North Korea nuclear test.

The North has conducted five nuclear tests so far, and is widely viewed as preparing for an additional test in the near future, possibly before the end of April.

Yun said new sanctions against the North may include measures which "have been reserved" or ones that require but "could not win China's cooperation."

The special committee hearing followed growing concerns here over a possible U.S. attack against the North. U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly noted all options were on the table in dealing with North Korea, and that his country may take unilateral measures to solve the problem with North Korean nuclear ambition.

The South Korean foreign minister insisted the United States' unilateral measures still required prior consultations with close allies, including Seoul.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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