September 7, 2017 / 5:57 AM / a year ago

South Korea says U.N. sanctions should inflict pain on North

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Thursday practical and forceful measures than can inflict pain on North Korea should be included in U.N. sanctions, a new batch of which have yet to be announced.

Foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck told reporters the measures should be taken in addition to “surely severing” funds that can be used for the North’s programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction.

The United States wants the U.N. Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean labourers abroad, and subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Nick Macfie

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