By Kamila Aliyeva
The European Union has expanded the list of sanctions against North Korea in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution of September 11, 2017, the EU press service reported.
The Council has added 3 entities, the Propaganda and Agitation department, the Central Military Commission of the Worker's Party of Korea and the Organisation and Guidance department, as well as one person to the lists of those subject to an asset freeze and travel restrictions, transposing part of the new sanctions imposed by UN Security Council resolution 2375 (2017).
This step follows Pyongyang's ongoing nuclear weapon and ballistic missile-development activities, in violation and flagrant disregard of previous UN Security Council resolutions, the message raeds.
The Council had already transposed on 10 August the additional listings imposed by the UN Security Council resolution, adding 9 persons and 4 entities that support these illicit programs to the lists of those subject to an asset freeze and travel restrictions. The total number of persons under restrictive measures against the DPRK is 62 persons and 50 entities as listed by the UN. In addition, 41 persons and 6 entities are designated by the EU autonomously.
North Korea tested another missile on September 15 in response to the latest set of sanctions imposed by the UN. The missile blasted off from near the Sunan International Airport north of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, and flew about 2,300 miles directly east, flying over northern Japan and falling into the Pacific Ocean, according to the South Korean military.
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously imposed a fresh set of sanctions against North Korea on September 11 over the country’s hydrogen bomb test which was conducted on September 3.
These sanctions included limits on import of crude oil and oil products, a ban on textile exports and new visas for North Korean oversees workers. However, today’s missile test showed that sanctions do not prove to be effective and international attempts to freeze Kim Jong-un’s missile program remain fruitless.
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