The UN Security Council has expanded the list of North Korean bodies and individuals under sanctions for nuclear and missile activities, adding its atomic energy agency and two of its top officials.
Altogether, the council’s
Announcement of the list followed a month of committee haggling after the Security Council expanded U.N. sanctions against
The entities sanctioned are
The individuals are Ri Je-son and Hwang Sok-hwa, both described as directors at the GBAE, one other nuclear official and two trading company directors.
The measure, binding on all 192 UN member states, greatly lengthens an existing blacklist that consisted only of two companies and a bank involved in
The United States was pleased the committee expanded UN sanctions against
“These designations, along with the other measures … constitute a serious and credible response to the May 25 nuclear test and put in place stronger and more credible sanctions than ever before in regards to North Korea,” he said.
Arms sales are a vital source of foreign currency for destitute
Analysts have said the new UN measures will make it more costly for the North to trade arms but will not likely deter customers, including Iran, who have shown little interest in joining international plans to punish
The sanctions committee includes all 15 Security Council members, among them
The committee was created after the Security Council adopted punitive measures against
That move followed a long-range rocket launch earlier in the month by
Security Council resolutions ban ballistic missile launches by
Western countries welcomed Thursday’s committee action.
US Ambassador Susan Rice said it would “strengthen the sanctions regime against North Korea and will serve to constrain North Korea from engaging in transactions or activities that could fund its WMD (weapons of mass destruction) or proliferation activities.”
Japanese Ambassador Yukio Takasu called the measures “a major achievement.”
Corman said the committee would continue working to identify subsidiaries of the targeted North Korean firms and additional technical items, including sensitive dual-use goods, ballistic missile-related items and nuclear-related items.
The materials that were banned by Thursday’s measure were graphite for weapons-making purposes and extra-strong para-aramid fiber such as Kevlar.
The companies targeted were Namchongang Trading Corp and Hong Kong Electronics — both also hit by
Western officials say Hong Kong Electronics is based on Iran‘s
Apart from Ri and Hwang, the people sanctioned were Namchongang director
Corman said the sanctions were “carefully targeted at only those entities
and individuals responsible for the DPRK’s (
“They are intended to minimize any unintended humanitarian consequences on the people of the DPRK,” he said.