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New US sanctions against NKorea

world Updated: Jul 21, 2010 23:45 IST

The United States on Wednesday unveiled new sanctions against North Korea after the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the measures were designed to pile pressure on Pyongyang and prevent the regime from bankrolling its atomic programme or spreading nuclear arms.

She said the measures were not directed at the North Korean people, “who have suffered too long due to the misguided and malign priorities of their government”.

Clinton and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates travelled to South Korea in a show of solidarity after the sinking of the ship, which left 46 dead.