The United States is imposing new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid out the sanctions, Wednesday, in South Korea.
"We continue to send a message to the North: There is another way. There is a way that can benefit the people of the North," she said. "But until they change direction, the United States stands firmly on behalf of the people and government of the Republic of Korea, where we provide a stalwart defense along with our allies and partners."
The measures are designed to stop the North from spreading nuclear weapons and will target goods that fund the country's nuclear programs.
Clinton said the sanctions are not aimed at the North Korean people, but at their defiant government.
"As long as the North Korean leadership takes a different choice, continuing defiance, provocation and belligerence, it will continue to suffer the consequences," she said.
The U.S. also reassured its commitment to South Korea's security, in response to the North's recent torpedo attack on one of the country's ships.