UN Sanctions N.Korea Over Rocket Launch

The UN Security Council unanimously decided to sanction North Korea over a rocket launch last month that was widely believed to be a cover to test ballistic missile technology.

The North Korean space agency has been included on a list of North Korean entities subject to sanctions in a fresh resolution against the reclusive country.

The resolution "condemns the launch and reiterates the Security Council's previous demands that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons program and not proceed with further launches." It adds the North's Outer Space Technology Committe and other companies and state agencies to a list of bodies that are subject to sanctions.

The committee was awarded a state medal early this month for the successful rocket launch.

The resolution renewed a list of technologies and equipment used for nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that are banned for export to North Korea.

The assets of six North Korean agencies will be frozen and restrictions will be imposed on overseas travel for four more officials, Kyodo News reported. Eleven banks, trading companies and other entities are already on the list.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 23, 2013 09:49 KST