UN council to vote Friday on blacklisting more North Koreans - diplomats

The intermediate-range ballistic missile Pukguksong-2's launch test. KCNA  via REUTERS

This week, after world leaders again urged Kim to abandon its nuclear program, North Korea conducted another missile test.

The text of the draft, a copy of which AFP obtained, again condemns "in the strongest terms" Pyongyang's series of nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The North has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of past year in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States - something President Donald Trump has vowed "won't happen".

It is the first Security Council sanctions resolution on North Korea agreed between the United States and China since President Donald Trump took office in January.It was not immediately clear if council veto power Russia would support the draft resolution after the United States on Thursday imposed its own sanctions on two Russian firms for their support of North Korea's weapons programs.Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow was puzzled and alarmed by the USA decision and that Russia was preparing retaliatory measures, Russian media reported.

It also said that the Seoul government will strengthen coordination with the U.S., Japan, China and the whole worldwide community with a goal to induce the North to give up its nuclear weapons program through all possible means including both sanctions and talks.

Anchor: The U.S. has announced a set of additional sanction measures on North Korea to punish the regime for its continuous provocations.

Washington has worked to step up both unilateral and worldwide sanctions in an effort to cut off funds and supplies to the reclusive state.

On April 28, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the UN Security Council that it needed to act soon. The firm and subsidiary were included after signing a $1 million deal to provide North Korea with oil.

The individuals and the entities put on the US sanctions list will have their assets within the USA frozen while being banned from doing business with American companies.

The sanctions also target companies providing funds for the North's nuclear and missile development, including North Korean companies such as Korea Computer Center, Songi Trading Co. and the Korea Zinc Industrial Group.

The center is said to have offices in Germany, China, Syria, India and the Middle East, Treasury said.

The steps freeze any funds the individuals or companies may have in the United States, and bar Americans from dealing with them.

Also named were North Korean coal and zinc exporters, a Beijing-based North Korean banker, and an intelligence official who had operated under cover in Europe.

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