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North Korea urges states not to enforce U.N. sanctions

Staff Writer |
North Korea made a global appeal in a letter for states to reconsider enforcing U.N. sanctions on the Asian nation.

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In the letter to 192 U.N. members and two observer states North Korea urged them to "reconsider any of their implementation activities until the legality of those 'sanctions resolutions' are to be clarified."

North Korea has repeatedly requested that an international forum of legal experts be established by the United Nations to clarify the legal basis for the U.N. sanctions.

The U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee has been meeting with regional blocs at the United Nations to push for enforcement of existing sanctions and assist countries with questions on how to implement the measures.

North Korea argued that there would be no need for Washington to "beg or threaten" countries to implement the measures if the sanctions had a clear legal basis.

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