December 1, 2016 11:29 pm

North Korea slapped with new set of symbolic sanctions from South Korea

Lee Sukjoon, center, minister of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, answers a reporters' questions after announcing about sanctions on North Korea at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – South Korea has announced a set of largely symbolic, additional sanctions on North Korea for the nuclear and missile tests it conducted this year.

Friday’s announcement came two days after the U.N. Security Council voted to tighten sanctions on North Korea. Pyongyang has warned of unspecified retaliation.

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Seoul says it blacklisted dozens of new North Korean officials and entities by banning South Koreans from engaging in financial dealing with them.

A Seoul statement says it’ll sanction a China-based company for allegedly assisting financial activities by a North Korean bank sanctioned by the U.N.

It’s unclear if the South Korean measures will sting North Korea. Inter-Korean trade and exchanges largely remain suspended and Pyongyang is already under multiple rounds of U.N. sanctions. The Chinese company has no assets in South Korea.

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