Japan and South Korea Welcome UN Security Council Sanctions on North Korea

South Korea and Japan have welcomed the newly adopted sanctions on the North Korean regime. The UN Security Council has unanimously passed the strongest sanctions against North Korea ever after the latest major nuclear test by the North Korean regime alarmed the international community including the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and China.

The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley described the sanctions against North Korea on her Facebook page. She wrote:

“The UN Security Council unanimously adopted the strongest sanctions ever against North Korea:

  • Oil/petroleum – 30% reduction provided to North Korea
  • Textiles- full ban, almost $800 million in revenue
  • 90% of North Korean exports are now banned
  • Overseas Laborers – complete ban, nearly $500 million in revenue
  • End of all joint ventures with North Korea to cut off foreign investment
  • Asset freezes on the regime

The South Korean government has praised the sanctions and described it as a “strict warning from the international community.”

The foreign ministry of South Korea said, “North Korea should accept the strict warning from the international community that continued provocations only deepen the diplomatic isolation and economic pressure.”

The country has pledged to work with the international community to ensure that the sanctions “are thoroughly implemented.”

The Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has applauded “a remarkably tough sanctions resolution.”

The PM Abe said, “It is important to put an unprecedented level of pressure on North Korea to make it change its policies.”

The Xinhua news agency has urged for a lasting and sustainable peace in the region. It said, “The ultimate goal of these moves should be to bring the country back to the negotiating table so that all sides concerned can sit together and settle the terms that can actually freeze or terminate DPRK’s [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] nuclear plans, and ensure a lasting and sustainable peace in the region.”

The North Korean regime attracted huge international outcry after a series of ballistic missile and nuclear bomb tests.

In an immediate response to the nuclear test, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said in an emergency meeting of the security council that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s “abusive use of missiles, and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war.”

Nikki Haley said that the U.S. is done with patience with the North Korean and it will defend its allies from North Korean regime’s threats. She said, “War is never something the United States wants. We don’t want it now. But our country’s patience is not unlimited. We will defend our allies and our territory.”


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