UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - A UN Security Council panel on Thursday added five North Korean individuals and five Pyongyang entities to a sanctions blacklist, a western diplomat said. The diplomat, who asked to remain anonymous, told reporters that sanctions, which include a travel ban and asset stripping, would be imposed on the targeted people and entities, before returning to the talks. The diplomat did not name the targets, but said two goods linked to North Koreas suspect nuclear and weapons programs were also added to the sanctions list. They were also not identified. Late Wednesday, Washington had welcomed what it called an international consensus on implementing further sanctions on North Korea, which has defied UN resolutions with recent nuclear and missile tests. We are in the final stages right now of completing the discussions around designating persons and entities under a UN resolution, which was adopted nearly two months ago, a US official added, speaking on condition of anonymity. Theres a broad consensus, including by China, frankly, that this is the right way to go, another US official said. I dont think the Chinese would take this step lightly, or if they believe that it wasnt important in terms of securing (the) North Koreans compliance. A South Korean official said Wednesday the UN Security Council was discussing sanctions which would for the first time target individuals involved in North Koreas nuclear and missile program. Unlike before, the list they are working on will include North Korean individuals this time, a Seoul government official told AFP on condition of anonymity. You may say sanctions are toughening. He said there was a strong sentiment that the list should be finalized no later than Wednesday New York time, to meet an extended deadline of July 19. Previous UN sanctions targeted North Korean companies whose overseas assets were frozen, but not individuals. The 15-member council on June 12 imposed sanctions on the Pyongyang following its May 25 underground nuclear test, banning all weapons shipments except small arms and authorizing cargo inspections. The new resolution, designed to punish Pyongyang over the nuclear test and subsequent missile firings, calls for beefed up inspections of air, sea and land shipments going to and from North Korea, and an expanded arms embargo. It also includes new targeted financial restrictions to choke off an important source of revenue for Pyongyangs nuclear and missile sectors. Since a long-range rocket launch in early April, the North has staged its second nuclear test, fired a variety of shorter-range missiles, renounced the truce in force on the Korean peninsula and quit nuclear disarmament talks. US and South Korean officials believe ailing leader Kim Jong-Il, 67, is staging a show of strength to bolster his authority as he tries to put in place a succession plan involving his youngest son Jong-Un.