The European Union has extended sanctions against the leadership of North Korea, adding to the list another 16 citizens of the country, as well as the Ministry of People's Armed Forces. This decision was published on the official website of the European Council.
“This resolution was adopted on 22 December 2017 in response to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s ongoing nuclear weapon and ballistic missile-development activities, with flagrant disregard for previous UN Security Council resolutions,” the message says.
The decision brings the total number of persons under restrictive measures against the DPRK to 79 persons and 54 entities as listed by the UN. In addition, 41 persons and 10 entities are designated by the EU autonomously.
The assets of all persons included in the sanctions list will be frozen in the EU territory, and they themselves will be banned from entering the territory of the European Union.
As it was reported earlier U.S. government announced broadening sanctions against the North Korean regime. According to Reuters, two officials, Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol, were added to the sanctions list as persons directly involved the development of ballistic missiles.