EU Council expands sanctions against North Korea

Kim Jong-un and Theresa May

The European Union (EU) will convene an "extraordinary meeting" next week over the escalating tension with North Korea, the 27-nation bloc's diplomatic service announce.

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.

In a press release published on its website, the EU Council said North Korea's state-owned Foreign Trade Bank (FTB) was new to the list. With the new additions, there are now 62 individuals and 50 entities on the EU's North Korea sanctions list, of which 41 persons and seven entities are designated by Brussels autonomously.

This follows the new and toughened sanctions resolution on North Korea adopted by the UN Security Council last week.


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

The sanctions also include targeted measures against 13 people and entities linked to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. Pyongyang has promised a "fair response" to the sanctions, without specifying, however, what it will be.

Kim will "truly regret it and he will regret it fast" if he utters an overt threat at Guam or any territory belonging to the U.S. or its allies, Trump added.

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