UPDATE - Putin halts North Korea ties in line with UN demands

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BRUSSELS (AP) — BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on European sanctions against North Korea (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

President Vladimir Putin says Russia is curtailing economic, scientific and other ties with North Korea in line with restrictions imposed by the United Nations.

Putin's decree, published Monday on the state legal portal, orders the halting of an array of economic, scientific and technical ties with Pyongyang in accordance with sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council in November 2016.

It includes various restrictions on trade, financial transactions and transport ties with North Korea.

Russia and China have backed U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs, though Moscow emphasized that the sanctions mustn't hurt ordinary people.

Moscow and Beijing also proposed to negotiate a freeze in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs along with a freeze on military maneuvers by U.S. and South Korea.

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5 p.m.

The European Union has slapped new sanctions on North Korea for developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

The sanctions agreed by EU foreign ministers Monday include a total ban on EU investment in North Korea, and a ban on the sale of refined petroleum products and crude oil.

The EU slashed from 15,000 to 5,000 euros ($17,700 to 5,900) the amount of money people can send to North Korea, as it believes these "personal remittances" are used to back Pyongyang's arms programs.

The ministers also decided not to renew work permits for North Koreans working on their territories, apart from refugees and others in need of international protection.

Asset freezes and travel bans were slapped on a further three people and six "entities," which are usually companies or organizations.

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The European Union has slapped new sanctions on North Korea for developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

The sanctions agreed by EU foreign ministers Monday include a total ban on EU investment in North Korea, and a ban on the sale of refined petroleum products and crude oil.

The EU slashed from 15,000 to 5,000 euros ($17,700 to 5,900) the amount of money people can send to North Korea, as it believes these "personal remittances" are used to back Pyongyang's arms programs.

The ministers also decided not to renew work permits for North Koreans working on their territories, apart from refugees and others in need of international protection.

Asset freezes and travel bans were slapped on a further three people and six "entities," which are usually companies or organizations.

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President Donald Trump will ask U.S. allies to pressure North Korea on its nuclear program in an upcoming trip to the Asia-Pacific region.

The White House says Trump will travel in November to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines from Nov. 3 to Nov. 14. Trump will also stop in Hawaii.

The White House said that in South Korea, Trump will meet with President Moon Jae-in and "call on the international community to join together in maximizing pressure on North Korea."

In Japan, Trump will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and participate in a meeting with families of "Japanese citizens abducted by the North Korean regime."

Trump will also meet with leaders of China, Vietnam and the Philippines and attend two trade summits.