U.S. to strengthen UN sanctions against DPRK: Clinton

16:15, July 21, 2010      

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Top diplomats and defense officials from South Korea and the United States on Wednesday warned of " serious consequences" in case of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s further provocation and announced a plan to introduce fresh sanctions against the DPRK's proliferation activities.

In the so-called "two plus two" security talks, designed to reaffirm their robust military alliance in the face of heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton spoke to reporters that the United States will introduce new " country-specific" sanctions against proliferation-related activities of the DPRK.

Clinton said UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874 will be more strictly imposed on Pyongyang, including possible additional state and treasury designation of entities and individuals engaged in illicit activities and subjecting them to asset freeze.

While calling on the DPRK to abandon all its nuclear programs and its pursuit of nuclear weapons, the top U.S. diplomat said six- party nuclear talks "is not something we are looking at yet."

The talks, the first of its kind held between Seoul and Washington, involved U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan and Defense Minister Kim Tae-young.

Source: Xinhua


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