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>> New steps to check North Korea's nuclear program that Pyongyang won't be happy to see.>> South Korea, the US, and Japan, are conducting a missile tracking drill today and tomorrow.>> It's the second joint exercise in the Korean peninsula this month. But as the three sides work on tracing Pyongyang's launches, it's not clear whether Washington's controversial THAAD anti-missile system will be involved.
If it is that may also annoy neighbor China, who worries the system could peek behind it's own borders. It's the latest in a month of bold moves on the peninsula, the US and South Korea conducted large scale military drills last week, which the North said made the outbreak of war an established fact.
And Sunday Seoul added new North Korean names to its sanctions blacklist barring any financial transactions with South Koreans.>> 20 North Korean organizations and 12 individuals have been added to the government's sanctions list.>> That's largely a show of solidarity with global financial action against the North. Any trade between the two Koreas has been banned for nearly a decade.
The US is pressuring China and other nations to also cut ties with Pyongyang as part of international efforts to cut funding for its weapons program.