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U.S. Mulls Own Sanctions on N. Korea

Posted July. 24, 2006 03:18,   


The U.S. is reviewing the possibility of taking independent action against any third nation that violates the sanctions resolution that the U.N. Security Council set against North Korea, Kyodo News reported on July 22.

Countries concerned are those that take part in trading weapons of mass destruction with North Korea, or take actions such as aiding North Korean ships that transport such goods.

In an interview with Kyodo News, a high-level U.S. government official said, “In order to cut off North Korea’s source of funds for developing WMD, we will come up with a plan for countries to share information about companies that are aiding missile development.” He said, “Based on the U.N. resolution, there will be field studies on North Korean ships that stop in territorial waters of other countries, and operations regarding weapons of mass destruction proliferation security initiative will also be intensified.”

Also, the U.S. will work to forbid North Korean cargo flights to pass through U.S. airspace, and keep Iranian technicians’ moves in check to prevent missile collaboration, he added.

This U.S. government official’s remarks reflect the United States’ basic strategy to form an international iron ring, based on U.N. sanctions resolutions, to block North Korea from developing weapons of mass destruction.

Kwang-Am Cheon iam@donga.com