Washington increases sanctions against North Korea

The United States will increase sanctions against North Korea to hit its leadership in its pocketbook, said US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. On... More Below... Posted by on Jul 22nd, 2010 and filed under World.

The United States will increase sanctions against North Korea to hit its leadership in its pocketbook, said US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

On Wednesday, after emerging from a first-ever session involving Defense Secretary Robert Gates and their South Korean counterparts, Clinton said that the sanctions would be designed to stop Pyongyang from buying arms and luxury goods.

She said, “Let me stress that these measures are not directed at the people of North Korea, who have suffered too long. They are directed at the destabilizing, illicit, and provocative policies pursued by that government.”

Gates and Clinton toured the heavily mined Demilitarized Zone while Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, consulted with his military counterparts and met 20 miles away with about 150 US soldiers at Camp Red Cloud.

Clinton said the Treasury and State departments would play roles in freezing the assets of people and organizations that support North Korean proliferation, although details remain to be ironed out before the sanctions are imposed.

(Thanks to San Francisco Chronicle and Zscout370)