South Korea imposes sanctions over North Korea’s missile tests

South Korea imposes sanctions over North Korea’s missile tests

Baku, February 20, AZERTAC

South Korea has announced new sanctions targeting North Korea’s weapons programmes following Pyongyang’s latest missile launches, according to Aljazeera.

The measures target four individuals and five entities, including a South African national and two Singaporean shipping firms, linked to North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and missiles, South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Monday.

The announcement came after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles from its east coast, two days after it test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

South Korea and the United States on Sunday staged joint air drills involving B-1B bombers in response to Pyongyang’s ICBM launch.

South Korea, the US and the United Nations condemned North Korea’s latest missile launches as illegal provocations.

“The immediate material effects may be limited but South Korea’s updated sanctions are part of a trend that is more than symbolic,” Leif-Eric Easley, an associate professor of international studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, told Al Jazeera.

“The current government in Seoul does not shy away from strengthening defence capabilities and financial accountability measures. This reciprocity policy aims to dissuade future North Korean threats by steadily imposing costs on Pyongyang for each provocation.”

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s administration earlier this month sanctioned four North Korean individuals and seven entities over cyberattacks believed to be linked to the country’s weapons programmes — Seoul’s first such measures focusing on Pyongyang’s hacking activities.

In December, Seoul joined the US and Japan in announcing sanctions over Pyongyang’s repeated missile tests, identifying eight individuals and seven institutions it said were connected with North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons development programme.

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