19 Feb 2013

New sanctions against Nth Korea by EU

6:10 am on 19 February 2013

The European Union has agreed on new sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for a recent nuclear test there.

EU officials said the measures range from financial measures to travel bans and asset freezes against individuals.

AAP reports the sanctions include the implementation of individual sanctions approved at UN level as well as EU restrictions on financial dealings and trade sanctions on items potentially linked to Pyonyang's ballistic and nuclear programmes.

"It is a tough package that aims to mark our opposition to the nuclear test," conducted by Pyonyang on 12 February, an EU diplomat said on Monday.

The UN Security Council on 22 January ordered expanded sanctions against North Korea, adding the state space agency, a bank, four trading companies and four individuals to an existing list.