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UN to sanction N Korea space agency: Diplomat

Published on Jan 22, 2013 9:05 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council will order sanctions against North Korea's space agency in a resolution to be passed this week condemning a ballistic launch, a diplomatic source said on Monday.

The resolution, which also targets other government entities and individuals linked to North Korea's nuclear weapons programme could be passed by the 15-member council as early as Wednesday, according to UN envoys.

China and the United States have been negotiating the new measures since North Korea staged its missile launch on Dec 12. Despite the near universal condemnation of the act, China has sought to shield its ally against major new measures.

The new sanctions are expected to be added to measures imposed after North Korea staged nuclear weapons tests in 2006 and 2009.

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