South Korea to announce own sanctions against north
South Korea plans to announce a set of independent sanctions against North Korea to follow up a United Nations Security Council resolution punishing the Pyongyang regime for a fourth nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, Yonhap News reported.
The sanctions may be announced early this week, Yonhap reported Sunday, citing an unidentified government official. They will include a ban on entry by vessels that have previously made a call at a North Korean port and blacklist people and groups linked to North Korea's development of weapons of mass destruction, it said. The report comes after the Philippines said Saturday that it had impounded a North Koreancontrolled vessel in line with a security council resolution that requires inspection of all cargo entering or leaving North Korea. It is the first case of UN sanctions being enforced against North Korean ships since the security council unanimously approved them.