A United Nations Security Council committee has extended its sanctions to THREE additional North Korean firms, adding them to its list of companies banned from international trade.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told reporters Wednesday that , the three companies were involved in North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.
With these additions, North Korea now has 11 firms listed under the UN blacklist, whose assets are to be frozen.
The number, however, falls short of some 40 firms South Korea, the United States, European Union and Japan, had wanted the committee to sanction, after Pyeongyang's attempted rocket launch last month.
But China, North Korea's closest ally, didn't give its consent to sanctioning many of the suggested firms.