The EU extended sanctions against the DPRK


The EU extended sanctions against the DPRK

The Council of the European Union said Thursday that it added nine North Korean individuals and four entities to the lists of those subject to an asset freeze and travel restrictions after the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2371 on Saturday in response to Pyongyang's continued missile provocations.

In accordance with the United Nations resolution, the EU Council said in a statement released Thursday that it had added a further nine individuals, including the state-owned Foreign Trade Bank (FTB) to its sanctions list, taking the total number of blacklisted individuals to 103, plus 57 entities.

New sanctions against North Korea imposed in connection with the testing of Intercontinental ballistic missiles, which Pyongyang has held in July.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Trump vowed on Monday to increase pressure on the North over its weapons programs shortly after the UN Security Council ratcheted up economic sanctions on Pyongyang.

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 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.

The warning is the latest in an exchange of bellicose rhetoric that has heightened concerns about a possible conflict between Washington and Pyongyang.