Draft UN resolution would add 15 North Koreans to blacklist

Kim Jong Un inspects the defence detachment on Jangjae Islet and the Hero Defence Detachment on Mu Islet

Moscow-based Ardis-Bearings LLC and its director, Igor Aleksandrovich Michurin, were sanctioned for their support to the North's Tangun Trading Corp., accused of WMD proliferation, while Independent Petroleum Co. was added to the list for providing oil and petroleum products to the North.

The US slapped fresh sanctions Thursday on several North Korean entities and officials as well as two Russian companies trading with Pyongyang, adding more economic pressure on the isolated regime over its nuclear weapons push.

Nine companies and government institutions have also been put on the USA sanctions list.

A US -drafted resolution circulated to the U.N. Security Council would add 15 North Korean individuals and four entities linked to the country's nuclear and missile programs to a U.N. sanctions blacklist.

Anchor: The U.S. has announced a set of additional sanction measures on North Korea to punish the regime for its continuous provocations.

Any new names added to the United Nations blacklist would be subjected to a global asset freeze and travel ban.

United States and Chinese diplomats have negotiated new sanctions on Pyongyang for the past five weeks, and the 15-nation Security Council could hold a vote on a draft resolution as early as Friday, Reuters reported, citing unidentified diplomats. North Korea is threatening a sixth nuclear test.The Trump administration has been pressing Beijing aggressively to rein in North Korea, warning that all options are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its nuclear and missile development.

Explosions, gunfire reported at Resorts World Manila in Philippines
Police said one gunman fired at an LED screen at the resort and lit a table on fire but did not shoot anyone. He said the man then fired again at a stock room containing gambling chips and filled a backpack with them.

The test, the first of the ground-based interceptor system since one that the agency says was a success in June 2014, was planned weeks before North Korea's latest launch.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the U.N. Security Council on April 28 that it needed to act before North Korea does.

The measures on Thursday freeze any funds the individuals or companies may have in the United States, and bar Americans from dealing with them. The sanctions are directly aimed at the North's top governing bodies and military as well as companies helping the North procure funds for its nuclear and missile development.

The Council calls on the North to "abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner", and end all ballistic missile test launches.

The center is said to have offices in Germany, China, Syria, India and the Middle East, Treasury said.

A North Korean intelligence official, Kim Su-Kwang, was also sanctioned on Thursday.

"Treasury is working with our allies to counter networks that enable North Korea's destabilizing activities, and we urge our partners to take parallel steps to cut off their funding sources", he said.

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