Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday (Oct 16) signed a decree imposing restrictions on North Korea in order to comply with a United Nations Security Council resolution.
Resolution 2321 is about special economic measures against North Korea and was adopted on November 30, 2016, as a response to Pyongyang's missile tests in late 2016.
In accordance with the resolution, additional global sanctions have been imposed to curtail the development and supplies of resources for prohibited programs of the DPRK.
"Scientific and technical cooperation with individuals or groups representing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea should be suspended", the document says. At the same time, cooperation in the field of nuclear science and technology, aerospace engineering and aviation technology or advanced production technologies shall be allowed only if it does not contribute to the development of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.
Furthermore, scientific and technical cooperation in other fields is mentioned as an exception, if Russian Federation determines that a specific type of cooperation will not contribute to the development of North Korean nuclear and missile programs and whether this type of cooperation will be communicated to the committee in advance of the UN Security Council.
On Monday, the European Union also adopted a new range of sanctions against Pyongyang, which are created to punish the North for its "continued and accelerated nuclear- and ballistic-missile programs".
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