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A senior US envoy on nonproliferation warned North Korea and Iran to abandon their
"provocative activities" and give up nuclear ambitions, speaking at a meeting with
South Korean officials on the subject of new US sanctions against North
Robert Einhorn, the State Department's special adviser for
nonproliferation and arms control, discussed the new sanctions unveiled
two weeks ago, which
target the sale and purchase of arms and related goods used to fund North Korea's nuclear activities, and the acquisition of luxury
items to reward its elite. The details of how and when the
sanctions will be carried out have not been released.
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"Our hope is that these measures will be effective, that they will provide strong incentives for North Korea's leaders to abide by their international obligations, not to pursue any provocative activities and to fulfill completely their commitments to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula," Einhorn told reporters outside South Korea's Foreign Ministry.
North Korea is believed to have enough weaponized plutonium for at least half a dozen nuclear bombs and last year revealed it has a uranium enrichment program that would give the regime a second way to make atomic weapons.
Einhorn said the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran threaten global peace and security.
"One means of addressing these challenges is to increase the pressures
felt by these two governments so that they recognize that it is in the
best interests of their countries to meet their international
obligations and forsake nuclear weapons," he said.
Washington and Seoul also accuse the North of sinking a South Korean
warship in March. Forty-six sailors died in an explosion that an
international team of investigators pinned on a torpedo fired from a
North Korean submarine.
Pyongyang denies attacking the ship.