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South Korea preparing tougher sanctions against Pyongyang — foreign ministry

February 05, 10:15 UTC+3 SEOUL
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SEOUL, February 5. /TASS/. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Nyung-se discussed with foreign ambassador to Seoul the situation around North Korea and possibility of imposing tougher unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

"At the meeting attended by ambassadors of the United States, Japan, Australia and a representative of EU, the process of developing sanctions in UN Security Council was discussed, the issue of introducing unilateral restrictions against North Korea was also touched upon," the foreign ministry said. The sides exchanged opinions on Pyongyang’s plans to launch a ballistic missile and discussed how they can persuade North Korea to refrain from such actions.

Previously, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) told TASS that North Korea informed the United Nations about the intention to launch an Earth observation satellite in the period between 8 and 25 February. The ITU received a letter from the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) Permanent Mission to the United Nations, informing that North Korea plans to launch an Earth observation satellite, spokesman for the Geneva-based ITU Sanjay Acharya told TASS on Tuesday. The London-based IMO has also confirmed the fact of receiving the DPRK notification. IMO has received information from the DPRK regarding the launch of an Earth observation satellite between 8 and 25 February, Natasha Brown, an IMO spokesperson, told TASS.

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