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Biden extends sanctions on N. Korea by one year Updated: 2021-06-22 12:29:41 KST

U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday announced he will extend an executive order declaring North Korea's nuclear threat a national emergency for another year.
In a presidential notice to the Congress, Biden wrote that (quote) "the existence and risk of the proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the actions and policies of the Government of North Korea continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States."
Had it not been extended, the more than a decade-long order was to expire on June 26th.
The presidential notice mentions a total of six executive orders geared toward financially and economically isolating the regime through measures such as import restrictions.
It is the first time Biden has extended sanctions against North Korea since taking office as president in January.
The action comes during U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea Sung Kim's visit to South Korea where he's been discussing with South Korean and Japanese officials on ways to make progress toward the complete denuclearization and establishment of lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.
Biden's sanction extensions are being interpreted as a sign that the U.S. will not appease Pyeongyang to try to bring Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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