Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced new US sanctions upon North Korea in an effort to curb its nuclear weapons program in a highly publicized visit to Seoul, South Korea.

Clinton said the sanctions would “increase our ability” to halt North Korea’s proliferation of weapons of mass destruction along with other “illicit activities that helped fund their weapons programs.”

Sanctions would target individuals in Kim Jong Il's regime and banks that aid in trade of arms and luxury goods that are banned under earlier United Nations measures, and which help to support North Korea’s nuclear weapons program in any way.

These sanctions come in response to recent North Korean provocation and the sinking of a South Korean Warship in March due to underwater missiles testing.

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