North Korea crisis: Kim hit by fresh wave of punishments as nuclear war tensions grow

Monday, October 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

FRESH sanctions have been slapped on North Korea by the European Union as part of efforts to punish Kim Jong-un for continuing to develop nuclear weapons.

By Douglas Patient
16th October 2017

The EU banned the sale of oil to North Korea today, in a largely symbolic move aimed at encouraging countries to stop trading with the hermit state.

EU foreign ministers also imposed a blanket ban on doing business with North Korea in sanctions which will have a devastating effect on the economy of the nation.

Following North Korea’s most powerful nuclear test, the UN Security Council capped North Korean imports of crude oil, but China and Russia resisted an outright ban.

EU ministers cited “the persistent threat to international peace and stability” posed by Pyongyang.

As part of the measures, North Korean workers in the EU – estimated to be about 400, mainly in Poland – now face a lower limit on the amount of money they can send home and their work visas will not be renewed once they expire.

The sanctions add three more top North Korean officials and six businesses to a blacklist banning them from travel to the EU and freezing their assets.

That will take the total of those sanctioned by the EU to 41 individuals and 10 companies, a senior EU official said.

UN sanctions target 63 people and 53 companies and institutions.

Kim has fired scores of missiles this year and detonated an Hydrogen bomb as fears of war reach fever pitch in the Korean Peninsula.

US forces have been moving into the region for arranged drills with their allies South Korea – much to the fury of Kim.

Super-carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived today along with two submarines and two destroyers to rehearse war with North Korea.

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