The United States has announced new sanctions against the Democratic Peopleâ€™s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including on the purchase and sale of arms and an asset freeze on individuals.
United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a joint press conference in Seoul that the sanctions are part of a series of measures designed to stop nuclear proliferation.
She said the moves are meant to halt illicit activities that help fund the Pyongyang government’s atomic weapons programmes.
Mrs. Clinton said the sanctions are a response to the policies in Pyongyang and are not directed at the people of the Democratic Peopleâ€™s Republic of Korea.
The sanctions will also prevent some businesses and individuals from traveling abroad, collaborate with banks to stop illegal financial transactions and seek to stop the abuse of diplomatic privileges in order to carry out illegal activities.
In recent years, the United Nations Security Council has imposed stiff sanctions on DPRK for going ahead to test nuclear weapons and long-range missiles against the advice of the world body.