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North Korea hit with more sanctions

July 22, 2010

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— Tightening the screws on North Korea, the Obama administration said Wednesday it would expand and strengthen sanctions against the isolated regime and its nuclear weapons program, a tactic which in the past has been undercut by North Korea’s knack for finding loopholes and escape hatches.

The fresh round of sanctions was announced by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a visit to Seoul, but officials in Washington said the moves will not be ready to be put in place for another two weeks.

The State Department announced that Robert Einhorn, charged with overseeing the administration’s implementation of sanctions against North Korea and Iran, will travel to Asia in early August — once sanction details are final — to rally support among U.S. friends and allies.

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