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EU approves tighter sanctions on North Korea

February 18, 2013 17:01

BRUSSELS - European Union governments agreed on Monday to tighten sanctions against North Korea, restricting the country's ability to trade following last week's nuclear test.

The sanctions expand those approved by the UN Security Council in January, adding measures preventing trading in North Korean government bonds, gold, precious metals, and diamonds, EU diplomats said.

North Korea was widely condemned last week after conducting its third nuclear test since 2006, defying UN resolutions and potentially putting the country closer to a workable long-range nuclear missile.

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