The European Union has added several senior North Korean military officers to its sanctions list.

The EU said Thursday that 18 people, most of them North Korean officers, and one "entity" involved in programs linked to ballistic missiles or weapons of mass destruction had been put on the list. No names were provided, although these will be published Friday in the EU's official journal.

The move brings the number of North Koreans hit by EU sanctions to 66, and 42 entities, which are often companies or organizations.

The EU started imposing restrictive measures on Pyongyang in 2006 in line with U.N sanctions over North Korea's nuclear and missile testing.