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UN Security Council unanimously hits belligerent country with sanctions

UN Security Council unanimously hits belligerent country with sanctions

North Korea earns approximately $3 billion per year from its exports.

The sanctions voted on Saturday seek to block North Korea's exports of coal, iron, iron ore, seafood and lead and prohibit countries from hiring any more of that country's citizens. In addition, nine individuals and four entities have been added to the United Nations blacklist, including North Korea's primary foreign exchange bank.

The foreign ministry said the government will "faithfully implement the latest resolution in close coordination with the worldwide community, as well as the existing sanctions resolutions on North Korea".

The resolution, drafted by the U.S. but negotiated with North Korea's neighbour and ally China, is aimed at increasing economic pressure on Pyongyang to return to negotiations on its nuclear and missile programmes.

The U.S. -drafted resolution, negotiated with North Korea's neighbor and ally China, is aimed at increasing economic pressure on Pyongyang to return to negotiations on its nuclear and missile programs - a point stressed by all 15 council members in speeches after the vote. He also thanked Russian Federation and China for backing a measure that either could have halted with their United Nations veto.

Consent from China and Russian Federation is crucial as they are two of the five permanent veto-wielding members of the council.

The sanctions were a triumph for the USA that came after Haley worked strenuously to get a reluctant Beijing to agree to further tightening the restrictions on Pyongyang.

While Beijing relented and agreed to some additional sanctions, Liu noted on Saturday that they did not impact such non-military items like food and humanitarian aid and this was affirmed in the sanctions resolution. "The step we take together today is important".

"We should not fool ourselves into thinking we have solved the problem".

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Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, claiming it now had the ability to hit the US.

Its adoption follows Tillerson's comments Wednesday reassuring North Korea that Washington is not seeking regime change or an accelerated reunification of the Korean Peninsula - comments welcomed by China's foreign minister.

"Through the resolution, the UNSC strongly condemned North Korean ballistic missiles and imposed more strengthened sanctions, proclaiming once again the worldwide community's determination that it will never condone North Korea's nuclear and missile development", it said.

Wang said there was now a "high level of sensitivity and complexity" that had hurt China's relations with North Korea. It is rapidly growing more unsafe. "Further action is required".

South Korean Ambassador to the U.N. Cho Tae-yul welcomed the resolution, saying Pyongyang must bear the consequences of its flagrant violations of existing resolutions.

"This was a strong day in the UN, it was a strong day for the United States and it was a strong day for the global community".

China's emphasis on dialogue to deal with the situation was also echoed in the resolution, which called for resuming the Six-Party Talks involving the two Koreas, China, the US, Russia and Japan.

The Trump administration cautiously embraced China's apparent newfound cooperation, while putting it on notice that the US would be watching closely to ensure it didn't ease up on Pyongyang if and when the world's attention is diverted elsewhere.


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