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Seoul Vows to Enhance Sanctions Against Pyongyang in Event of New Missile Tests, Reports Say

© Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)A DPRK railway-borne ballistic missile is launched in a January 14, 2022, test in western North Korea
A DPRK railway-borne ballistic missile is launched in a January 14, 2022, test in western North Korea - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.12.2022
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - South Korea will toughen sanctions against North Korea if Pyongyang conducts another missile test or any other provocative acts, Korean news agency reported on Monday, citing foreign ministry.
The ministry submitted a report on the impact of North Korea’s missile provocations this year on the regional security to the country’s National Assembly, the report said, adding that in the event of new nuclear tests by North Korea, Seoul will respond in cooperation with Washington and Tokyo.
According to the foreign ministry as cited by local media, North Korea is exploiting the aggravation of US relations with China and Russia to sow discord between UN Security Council members that pledged to stand united against Pyongyang’s provocations.
A submarine-launched ballistic missile is displayed in Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, April 15, 2017, to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.11.2022
G7 Foreign Ministers Condemn North Korea's Test Launch, Call For 'Robust' Response by UNSC
Last week, South Korea sanctioned eight individuals and seven entities with ties to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs over November's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. At the same time, Japan imposed sanctions on three entities and one individual for the same reason.
North Korea fired about 130 artillery shells towards the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea, which violates the 2018 inter-Korean military agreement on reducing tensions in border zones, the Korean news agency reported on Monday, citing the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

North Korea made the launch at about 14:59 p.m. local time (5:59 GMT) from Kumgang County in Kangwon Province and Jangsan Cape in South Hwanghae Province. The shells fell down into the the maritime buffer zones, which are a de facto sea border that was set in 2018, according to the news agency.
In November, North Korea launched more than 20 short-range missiles. Pyongyang said its missile tests were in response to "provocations" by the US and its regional allies, South Korea and Japan.
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