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The UN Security Council disclosed a list of items banned for export to North Korea that can be used in the development of nuclear weapons, missiles and biochemical weapons.

“The UNSC’s North Korea sanctions committee submitted a ‘list of sensitive products’ that bans items to be exported to North Korea on [April] the fourth and the UNSC recently adopted the list as an official document and posted on its website,” a government source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

The list was originally planned to be added to the UN Security Council Resolution 2270’s appendix passed on March 2, but it was dropped due to objections by Russia, which argued there was not sufficient time to examine the items on the list.

The UNSC later ordered the North Korea Sanctions Committee to submit the list to the Council within 15 days.

“It took one more month to submit the list, but there is no change between this list and the appendix that was originally planned to be added on the sanction,” the government source said.

The strongest-ever UNSC sanctions were unilaterally adopted early March to punish North Korea’s fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and long-range ballistic missile launch on Feb. 7.

The expanded sanctions include a sectoral ban on the export of mineral resources and require mandatory inspection of all cargo leaving and entering North Korea, cutting major sources of hard currency to Pyongyang that can be used for the development of weapons of mass destruction.

The embargo list contains 12 items that can be converted into nuclear weapons parts and 14 chemicals that can be used in the production of biochemical weapons.

Some of the items can be purchased online.

BY YOO JEE-HYE [kim.sohee0905@joongang.co.kr]

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