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Commuters at a subway station in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang this August.   © Kyodo

US seeks to tighten North Korea's choke collar

New sanctions would put even more hurt on Pyongyang

RINA TAKAHASHI and SOTARO SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writers | China

NEW YORK/SEOUL -- From an oil embargo to a travel ban on leader Kim Jong Un, the U.S. has proposed harsh and comprehensive new United Nations sanctions as it seeks the toughest possible measures against North Korea for its continued nuclear and missile development.

Washington is aiming for a Security Council resolution vote this coming Monday. The new sanctions, which include an embargo on crude oil, petroleum products and liquefied natural gas, would cut off the supply of fuel to not only North Korea's military and government, but also the country as a whole.

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