UN Security Council to impose new sanctions on North Korea

January 23, 2013 - 6:24:54 am

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council will order sanctions against North Korea’s space agency in a resolution to be passed this week condemning the secretive state’s ballistic launch, a diplomat said.

The resolution, which also targets other government entities and individuals linked to North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, could be passed by the 15-member council as early as today.

The United States and China have been negotiating the new measures since North Korea staged its missile launch on December 12.

Despite near universal condemnation of the launch, China has sought to shield its ally against major new action. The United States, supported by South Korea and Japan, had sought tough new punishment of the North Korean government.

Under a compromise between the two, the new sanctions designations are expected to be added to existing measures imposed after North Korea staged nuclear weapons tests in 2006 and 2009.

“The resolution condemns the launch and reiterates the Security Council’s previous demands that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons programme and not proceed with further launches,” the diplomatic source said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the measure has not yet been made public.

It “imposes new sanctions on North Korean companies, and government agencies, including North Korea’s space agency responsible for the launch, and several individuals,” the source added on Monday. North Korea denied accusations by the United Nations and the international powers that the rocket was a ballistic test. Pyongyang said it was launching an observation satellite.

The proposed resolution updates lists of nuclear and ballistic missile technology banned for transfer to and from 

North Korea. AFP

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