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Int'l community raises sanctions following N. Korea's continuing nuclear and missile threats Updated: 2017-09-11 07:11:50 KST


A week has passed since North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, raising tensions on the Korean peninsula.
World leaders have condemned the latest test urging the United Nations Security Council to implement stronger sanctions against the regime.
The United States has officially requested for the UNSC to cast votes on a much stronger set of sanctions on Monday, including an oil and gas embargo, an asset freeze on Kim Jong-un's family, and an import ban on North Korean textiles.
Alongside Washington's move, other countries also expressed regret over Pyongyang's latest provocation, imposing their own unilateral sanctions on the regime.
The Philippines, North Korea's fifth largest trade partner, announced its decision to suspend trade with the North on Friday, adding that the Southeast Asian nation fully complies with the UNSC resolutions.
The following day, the Mexican government declared the North Korean ambassador to Mexico 'persona non grata', giving him 72 hours to leave the country.
The government described the move as its absolute rejection against North Korea's grave threat toward the world.
Member nations of the Pacific Islands Forum also denounced the latest nuclear test, and announced plans to track and identify illegally flagged North Korean trading or fishing vessels on the Pacific states' shipping register to cut off Pyongyang's ability to operate in Pacific waters.
Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.
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