Date
24 July 2017
Liu Jieyi, China's ambassador to the UN, speaks to his US counterpart, Samantha Power, before the vote in the Security Council. Photo: AFP
Liu Jieyi, China's ambassador to the UN, speaks to his US counterpart, Samantha Power, before the vote in the Security Council. Photo: AFP

UN slaps harsh new sanctions on N Korea

North Korea faces harsh new UN sanctions to starve it of money for its nuclear weapons program.

The Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday for a resolution drafted by the United States and China, an ally of the rogue nation.

The resolution, which dramatically expands existing sanctions, follows North Korea’s latest nuclear test on Jan. 6 and a rocket launch Feb. 7 that Washington and its allies said used banned ballistic missile technology, Reuters reports.

Pyongyang said it was a peaceful satellite launch.

US Ambassador Samantha Power said the sanctions go further than any UN sanctions regime in two decades and aim to cut off funds for North Korea’s nuclear and other banned weapons programs.

Two Security Council diplomats, asking not to be named, said the new resolution makes the North Korean sanctions regime even tougher than the Iran sanctions regime that they say led to a decision on Tehran’s part to agree to a historic nuclear deal last year, after which most of the sanctions were lifted in January.

All cargo going to and from North Korea must now be inspected, and North Korean trade representatives in Syria, Iran and Vietnam are among 16 individuals added to a UN blacklist, along with 12 North Korean entities.

Previously, states only had to inspect such shipments if they had reasonable grounds to believe they contained illicit goods.

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