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Obama renews sanctions on N. Korea for human trafficking

2013/09/18 05:38

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (Yonhap) -- The Barack Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is extending sanctions on North Korea and several other nations notorious for trafficking in persons.

Obama issued a "presidential determination" to that effect in line with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.

It calls for the U.S. government "not to provide certain funding for those countries' governments for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, until such governments comply with the minimum standards or make significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance," according to the public notice released by the White House.

Other countries affected include the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.

In the Trafficking in Persons Report 2013 released in June, the State Department again placed North Korea on Tier 3 for countries with the poorest record of fighting human trafficking.