US places fresh curbs on N Korea
July 22, 2010
Hillary announced the new measures - targeting the sale or purchase of arms and related goods used to fund the communist regime's nuclear activities, and the acquisition of luxury items to reward its elite - after she and Gates toured the heavily fortified border in a symbolic trip four months after the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on the North.
The penalties are intended to further isolate the North and persuade its leaders to return to talks aimed at getting it to abandon atomic weapons. The US is also trying to forestall future provocative acts like the torpedoing of the Cheonan.