United Nations: The UN Security Council will on Wednesday add three North Korean entities, including a bank, to an international sanctions list over the isolated state's failed rocket launch last month, diplomats said.

China only agreed to add the three entities while the United States, European nations, South Korea and Japan proposed a list of about 40 firms and state institutes linked to North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs, diplomats.

The final accord on the list was to be announced after 1600 GMT on Wednesday. A bank and a trading company are among the three, diplomats said.

The 15-nation Security Council ordered existing sanctions to be extended after the April 13 rocket launch. North Korea said the operation aimed to put a weather satellite in orbit but the United States and its allies said it was a cover for a long-range missile test.

There are now fears that North Korea is planning a nuclear test, following similar weapons blasts in 2006 and 2009. UN sanctions were first imposed after the nuclear tests.

(Agencies)

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