India confirmed it is taking financial measures to freeze North Korea assets and to ban Pyongyang’s military officers from training in the country, in response to pressures from Seoul to implement United Nations Security Council sanctions resolutions.
India’s external affairs ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay told South Korean news agency Yonhap on Monday his government is taking steps to fulfill its obligations under the U.N. Charter and that it is blocking the movement of North Korea assets in the country.
Baglay also said India is banning travel, investigating ships flying under the North Korean flag and taking “financial measures,” according to Yonhap.
A moratorium on the training of North Korea military officers is also being implemented, following South Korea requests, India’s Economic Times reported.
India’s Army Center of Education in Pachmari, Madhya Pradesh, has been offering language training to North Koreans, according to the report.
Education has not been limited to Pyongyang’s military personnel.
North Korean civilians have been taking courses related to nuclear weapons development, advanced physics, computer science and aviation engineering at Indian schools, according to Yonhap.
Implementation of sanctions follows a visit in March from South Korea’s First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Lim Sung-nam to India. Seoul initially raised the issue of North Korea officer training in 2015 and 2016.
North Korea and India have held friendly ties.
In 2015, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong met with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj to request food aid and other forms of humanitarian assistance.
By Elizabeth Shim