Lithuania supports tightening of sanctions against North Korea

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“Only the international community’ united pressure on North Korea for its illegal actions can bring about results. We welcome the new sanctions and call for continuing to consistently seek a diplomatic solution to this situation,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said in a press release.

According to the minister, trade restrictions are a way of increasing international pressure.

Lithuania did not have any permanent trade relations with North Korea until this year, apart from several export deals that are not subject to the UN sanctions, the ministry said in the press release.

“Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry warns that maintaining commercial relationships with North Korea poses a risk, even if current UN sanctions do not prohibit that. The Foreign Ministry recommends that Lithuanian companies should refrain from commercial relationships with this country,” it said.

The UN Security Council’s resolution, adopted on Monday, bans North Korea from importing natural gas, imposes strict restrictions on the country’s oil product imports, prohibits setting up new joint ventures with North Korea, and bans all textile exports.

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