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EU to study further N.Korea measures after UN sanctions

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(BRUSSELS) - The European Union on Wednesday said it would consider further measures against North Korea after the UN Security Council imposed the toughest sanctions ever imposed against Pyongyang.

Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign policy chief, said the adoption of the resolution in response to North Korea's fourth nuclear test and rocket launch was a "clear expression of the unity and resolve of the international community."

"The EU will swiftly transpose this resolution into EU law and will consider whether additional autonomous restrictive measures are called for to complement this resolution," Mogherini said.

Mogherini added that North Korea's actions were "a grave threat to international peace and security in the region and beyond."

The 28-nation EU already has all the previous UN sanctions against Pyongyang in force as well as some of its own.

The 15-member UN Security Council on Wednesday passed a resolution drafted by the United States and backed by China, Pyongyang's sole ally, that took aim at North Korean exports and set up inspections of all cargo to and from the reclusive country.

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