Seoul, Tokyo, Washington Moot Oil Ban for N.Korea

      April 25, 2016 12:01

      South Korea, Japan and the U.S. last week agreed to ask the UN Security Council for tougher sanctions against North Korea including a total ban on crude oil sales if it conducts a fresh nuclear test, the Asahi Shimbun reported Saturday.

      Vice ministers from the three countries met in Seoul on April 19 and agreed to work hard to persuade China and Russia to step up sanctions against the North.

      They also proposed banning North Korean flag carrier Air Koryo from passing their air spaces.

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) stands on a submarine after watching the launch of a missile in this screen grab from [North] Korean Central TV on Friday.

      These steps were included in a UNSC draft resolution after the North conducted its last nuclear test in January but shot down in negotiations with China.

      Currently, only aircraft fuel exports to the North are banned.

      Meanwhile, Air Koryo will stop a weekly flight between Pyongyang and Bangkok, ending with the last flight on Wednesday, according to the Sankei Shimbun.

      The move comes after Thailand decided to implement tougher cargo inspections under the UNSC resolution, with North Korea apparently preferring to end the flights rather than risk tougher checks.

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