SEOUL, 12th October, 2016 (WAM) — South Korea is reviewing whether the country should announce its own sanctions on North Korea ahead of a new United Nations resolution, in the event of a major delay in its adoption, a government source said on Wednesday.

The Yonhap News Agency quoted a source as saying that the government has taken the stance that it will go ahead and impose an independent set of sanctions in response to North Korea’s fifth nuclear test on 9th September, if the UN Security Council “drags its feet in adopting a resolution”.

The government decision is grounded in its judgment that punitive action should be taken over the recent nuclear test before too much time elapses.

South Korean Foreign Minister, Yun Byung-se, said earlier in the week that, “Our government is reviewing a set of unilateral sanctions, which will be far tougher than those which were adopted in March.”