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EU renews sanctions against N. Korea

BRUSSELS, July 16 (KUNA) -- The European Union Foreign Affairs Council during its meeting here late Monday reviewed its autonomous list of those subject to sanctions against North Korea.
The Council in a statement confirmed the sanctions in place, which consist of a travel ban and an asset freeze on the listed individuals and entities.
Individuals and entities listed are under sanctions for contributing to the North's nuclear-related, ballistic-missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes or for sanctions evasion.
The total number of persons listed by the EU autonomously is 57. In addition, the EU has frozen the assets of nine entities as part of its own sanctions' regime. It has also transposed all relevant UN Security Council resolutions, which impose sanctions on 80 persons and 75 entities currently listed by the UN.
The EU's sanctions against the North Korea are the toughest against any country, the Council statement noted. (end) nk.hb