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13 August 2017, 09:20 | Taylor George

EU extends sanctions on North Korean targets

Евросоюз расширил санкции против КНДР

Mogherini's decision came one day after the Council of the European Union broadened a sanction list targeting the DPRK in response to the northeast Asian country's recent test-launch of ballistic missiles. Sign says, "Protect our nation to the death" and "Hearts of 10 million people are burning".

The European Union has responded to the North Korean threats to send a salvo of missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam by expanding the sanctions blacklist to align the EU's punitive measures with a new United Nations Security Council resolution.

EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini will chair the meeting of the Political and Security Committee (PSC) slated for Monday, to discuss a variety of issues over the North, the EU said in a statement issued on Friday.

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The UN Security Council tightened sanctions against North Korea for the missile tests carried out by the country on Saturday.

Following the Council's decision, the blacklist now includes 62 persons and 50 entities subject to an asset freeze and travel restrictions in the EU. The EU has autonomously slapped restrictive measures on a further 41 people and seven entities.

North Korea has condemned the latest United Nations sanctions, saying they violate its sovereignty. The EU has a policy of critical engagement towards North Korea and its goals are to support a lasting diminution of tensions on the Korean peninsula and uphold the worldwide non-proliferation regime.

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