Tough New UN Sanctions against North Korea

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted tough new sanctions against North Korea.

The Security Council unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea as proposed by the United States.

The newly imposed sanctions ban almost 90 percent of the refined petroleum exports to North Korea.

The U.S. proposed sanctions target to prevent North Korea from furthering its nuclear programmes.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the “arrogance and hostility” of the North Korean regime has been blocking peace.

“Today, for the 10th time, this council stands united against a North Korean regime that rejects the pursuit of peace.”

“The Kim regime continues to defy the resolutions of this council, the norms of civilized behavior and the patience of the international community.” Nikki Haley added.

North Korea has conducted several missile tests this year sparking the international outcry. The latest North Korean missile test came on 28 November which flew higher than the previous missiles.

“A little over two and a half hours ago; North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. It went higher, frankly than any previous shot they’ve taken,” said James Mattis immediately after Pyongyang launched the missile.

According to the Defense Department report, the ICBM was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, north of Pyongyang, and traveled east about 1,000 kilometers — approximately 620 miles — before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, an area that extends 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The North Korean side demanded on 29 November that “it had successfully conducted a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the US mainland,” and demanded it as the “most powerful ICBM.”

Both Russia and China backed the newly adopted UN resolution to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea.

Meanwhile, the U.S. President Donald Trump has praised the UN move in a tweet. He said, “The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 in favor of additional Sanctions on North Korea. The World wants Peace, not Death!”

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