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ROK mulls diplomatic measures to increase pressure on DPRK

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-09-12 18:45
SEOUL - The Republic of Korea (ROK)'s foreign ministry said Tuesday that it was mulling diplomatic measures to increase pressure on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in case Pyongyang continues provocations.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck told a press briefing that as long as the DPRK continues provocations, the ROK was considering multiple diplomatic measures to heap pressure of the international community on Pyongyang.

Cho, however, noted that it would be important to thoroughly implement UN Security Council resolutions, including a new resolution tightening sanctions on the DPRK over its sixth nuclear test nine days ago.

The UN Security Council unanimously approved the new resolution, which curtailed the DPRK's oil imports, banned all of its textile exports and prohibited further work permits abroad for DPRK workers.

It followed the DPRK's test on Sept. 3 of what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb warhead that can be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The spokesman said the new resolution was forecast to block the DPRK's source of foreign currency used for nuclear and ballistic missile activities, while inflicting more pain to the DPRK.
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