The UN Sanctions against North Korea draw sharp reactions

The United Nations Security Council(UNSC) has unanimously passed a resolution on last Saturday that imposed new sanctions on North Korea.

The UNSC punished North Korea for its continuous ICBM testing. North Korea has been violating UN resolution by continuing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) testing amid international outcry.

The newly imposed sanctions, resolution 2371, were passed unanimously with 15 votes in favor.

These sanctions are seen as the strongest ever as it would cut the country’s annual export by more than one third. A statement from the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the resolution represents “the strongest sanctions ever imposed in response to a ballistic missile test.”

The president of the United States Donald Trump tweeted after the resolution was passed unanimously, “The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea. China and Russia voted with us. Very big financial impact!”

The U.S. and the allies laud the resolution

The newly imposed tough sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons and ICBM programs have been welcomed by the United States, Japan, South Korea.

Secretary Tillerson praised the sanction on Sunday. He said that the UNSC move was a ” very good outcome.”

Kang Kyung-wha, the Foreign Minister of South Korea echoed Tillerson and praised the sanction as a “very, very good outcome.”

Toshihide Ando, the spokesperson for the Japanese deputy foreign minister, told a news conference in Manila, “Now is not the time for dialogue but the time to increase effective pressure on North Korea so that they will take concrete actions towards de-nuclearization.”

China urges ‘calm’

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged for calm. He told the press after a bilateral meeting with his North Korean counterpart,  “We had an intensive conversation, China urges North Korea to remain calm in dealing with the recent decision given by the UN Security Council.”

“We would like to urge other parties, such as the US and South Korea, to stop increasing tensions. The Korean Peninsula’s situation has reached a critical point. In the meantime, it’s also a turning point for resuming negotiations,” Mr. Yi said. “At this critical moment, we urge every party to remain calm, to take a decision that helps to reduce tensions, resume negotiations and secure regional peace development.”

North Korea vows retaliation

North Korea has warned the U.S. after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution imposing sanctions against the country. The country has vowed to retaliate and make “the U.S. pay the price.”

The state-run KCNA news agency said that in the face of the U.S. threats North Korea wouldn’t “put their self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table.”

KCNA said that the resolutions passed were violent of the sovereignty of Pyongyang. The country vows to take ‘righteous actions’ in return. North Korea “will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might,” KCNA reports.

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Masum Billah is a Staff Writer for The GeoStrategists. A Graduate from the Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Masum Billah is a human rights activist. He writes columns on human rights, foreign policy, and terrorism.
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