EU Stops Nat­u­ral Gas Sales to North Korea


BRUS­SELS (Dis­patches) - The Euro­pean Union on Tues­day strength­ened mea­sures on North Korea over mis­sile tests, ban­ning nat­u­ral gas sales and im­ports of tex­tiles.

The EU said the re­stric­tive mea­sures were taken in re­sponse to the Py­ongyang’s “on­go­ing nu­clear weapons and bal­lis­tic mis­siles-de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, in vi­o­la­tion and fla­grant dis­re­gard of pre­vi­ous UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions”.

While the new mea­sures also in­clude lim­i­ta­tions on the sale of re­fined petroleum prod­ucts and crude oil, EU mem­ber states will not pro­vide new work per­mits to North Korean na­tion­als.

Tues­day’s de­ci­sion adds that all North Korean cit­i­zens “are sus­pected of gen­er­at­ing rev­enue which is used to sup­port the coun­try’s il­le­gal nu­clear and bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­grams”.

The EU also said a to­tal num­ber of 63 in­di­vid­u­als and 53 en­ti­ties were sanc­tioned un­der re­stric­tive mea­sures as listed by the UN, while 38 in­di­vid­u­als and four en­ti­ties have been des­ig­nated by the bloc au­tonomously.

North Korea is also fac­ing strong sanc­tions from the U.S. and firm con­dem­na­tion from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in the wake of re­peated mis­sile launches and nu­clear tests.

Py­ongyang’s sixth nu­clear test on Sept. 3 led to the adop­tion of the ninth UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion since 2006, which fur­ther tight­ened in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions on the coun­try.

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