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(2nd LD) U.N. Security Council adopts resolution sanctioning more N. Korean individuals, entities

All Headlines 07:09 June 03, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES with details, background; RESTORES material from earlier version)

NEW YORK, June 2 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to sanction more North Korean officials and entities, including a military unit handling ballistic missiles, after the communist nation carried out a series of defiant missile tests.

The 15-member council adopted Resolution 2356, adding a total of four entities and 14 officials to the sanctions list, including the North's Strategic Rocket Force. The United States drafted the resolution after weeks of negotiations with China.

The move came after a series of successful missile tests by North Korea that demonstrated steady progress in its pursuit of various types of missiles, with an eye toward a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S.

"The Security Council is sending a clear message to North Korea today: Stop firing ballistic missiles or face the consequences," U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said after the vote. She later told reporters that it was "nice to see a unified council."

It was the seventh resolution the Security Council has adopted to impose sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs since its first nuclear test in 2006. The new resolution came six months after the previous resolution was adopted in November to punish the North's fifth nuclear test in September.

But it is different from previous resolutions in that it only expands the blacklist, rather than introducing new measures. The expansion could have been done by the council's North Korea sanctions committee, but the council held the vote to demonstrate the seriousness with which it takes the North's provocations.

Three other entities were Koryo Bank, Kang Bong General Trading Corp. and Korea Kumsan Trading Co.

The 14 Individuals include Cho Il-u, director of the Fifth Bureau of the spy agency Reconnaissance General Bureau; Kim Chol-nam, head of Korea Kumsan Trading; Kim Tong-ho, Tanchon Commercial Bank representative in Vietnam; Pak Han-se, vice chairman of the Second Economic Committee; Paek Se Pong, former chairman of the Second Economy Committee; Jo Yong-Won is the Vice Director of the Organization and Guidance Department; Pak To-chun, a former Workers' Party secretary; and Ri Jae-il, first vice director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department.

Friday's addition brought the total number of those on the list to 53 individuals and 46 entities. The blacklisted will be slapped with global asset freeze and travel ban.

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Before the meeting, diplomats expressed concern about the North's weapons programs.

"The resolution that we are about to vote on is very important because, as you know, it sanctions entities and individuals that are the core of the DPRK nuclear and ballistic programs. This resolution is also very important because it is not only a response to the regime's activities, but also a warning to the DPRK," French Ambassador to the U.N. Francois Delattre told reporters ahead of the council meeting.

"Make no mistake about it. Each new missile launch from the DPRK gets this country closer to an operational nuclear capability. We can't and we won't accept that. This is also a warning because the DPRK needs to understand that if it continues on this dangerous path we have no other choice than reinforcing the pressure again and again," he said.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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