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President Donald Trump speaks at the South Korean National Assembly, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Seoul, South Korea. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) President Donald Trump speaks at the South Korean National Assembly, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Seoul, South Korea. Trump is on a five nation

trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) SEOUL, South Korea (AP)– South Korea added numerous North Korean groups and people to its

sanctions list Monday in a mainly symbolic move that becomes part of efforts to cut off financing for the North’s weapons programs.The government said those included were 20 North Korean groups, consisting of several banks and companies, and 12 individuals.Seoul is among the very first to react to North Korea’s Nov. 29 missile launch with fresh sanctions. While the move is mainly symbolic due to the fact that all transactions in between 2 Koreas have been banned for many years, the government said it hopes its relocation will trigger the global community to do likewise.The measure will”advise the global community of the risks of doing deals with the groups and individuals,”Baek Tae-hyun, South Korea’s Marriage Ministry spokesperson, said during a media briefing.The blacklist consists of Rason International Commercial Bank

and Korea Zinc Industrial Group. People are North Korean officials who work for the nation’s banks or companies based in China, Russia, Vietnam and Namibia.U.S. President Donald Trump’s U.N. ambassador has been advising the world to cut trade and diplomatic ties with Pyongyang.Last month, North Korea has test-fired its most powerful missile ever, an ICBM that may have the ability to target the eastern coast of the United States.Separately on Monday

, South Korea, the United States and Japan began two-day rocket tracking drills in response to North Korea’s missile and nuclear threats.Copyright 2017 The Associated Press

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