WASHINGTON – The UN Security Council has imposed targeted sanctions on North Korea following its repeated missile test in the running year.

The resolution was passed by a 15-member council including China, a major ally of Pyongyang. The consent from China comes after weeks long negotiations between Beijing and Washington.

Under the resolution, four entities, including the Koryo Bank and Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People’s Army have been sanctioned, besides a global travel ban has also been imposed on 14 people, including the head of Pyongyang’s overseas spying operations, Cho Il-u.

Pyongyang has defied a UN resolution banning all nuclear and missile tests.

The names of senior members of North Korea’s Workers’ Party and heads of trading firms funding Pyongyang’s military programme have been put on a global blacklist.

Despite the reservations raised by United Nationa, US and other countries, Pyongyang has been launching several more ballistic missiles.

Recently,  Pyongyang television aired footage of a reported test of an anti-aircraft defense system, including a rocket launch filmed from several positions, and a view of government officials watching the scene. The test was followed by an order to start mass production of the system.