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EU ratchets up sanctions on North Korea

Associated Press

BRUSSELS – The European Union has boosted sanctions against North Korea in line with a U.N. Security Council Resolution imposing new measures over Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

EU headquarters said in a statement on Friday that 16 people and 12 companies were added to its list of sanction targets. They were not identified by name.

The EU first imposed sanctions on North Korea in late 2006. They target its nuclear, weapons of mass destruction and missile programs.

Measures include bans on the trade of arms, goods and technology that could contribute to the programs.

Separately from the U.N., the EU has also adopted measures aimed at financial services and transport.

The U.N. sanctions regime is expected to chip away at North Korea’s already limited trade and economic ties.