United Nations imposes fresh sanctions on North Korea over ballistic missile tests

United Nations imposes fresh sanctions on North Korea over ballistic missile tests

United Nations imposes fresh sanctions on North Korea over ballistic missile tests

North Korea has repeatedly defied Security Council resolutions to halt its nuclear weapons and missile testing.

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, claimed that the new sanctions, levied in response to Pyongyang's November 29 ballistic missile test, went even further than sanctions passed in September that, at the time, were called the toughest yet.

But the resolution doesn't include even harsher sanctions sought by the Trump administration, such as prohibiting all oil imports and freezing the global assets of North Korea's government and its leader, Kim Jong Un.

North Korea's test on November 29 of its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile yet was its 20th launch of a ballistic missile this year, and added to fears that the North will soon have a military arsenal that can viably target the US mainland.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said according to the BBC, that the sanctions sent a "unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishments and isolation".

President Donald Trump has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if it attacks the United States while North Korea insists the world must now accept that it is a nuclear power.

United Nations imposes fresh sanctions on North Korea over ballistic missile tests

The UN's top envoy to North Korea, Jeffrey Feltman, said this month that he was "deeply worried" about the prospects of a diplomatic solution to the crisis after meeting officials in Pyongyang. And it caps imports of refined oil products, including diesel and kerosene, at 500,000 barrels a year.

Quoting a diplomatic source, Reuters said Thursday that the measures seek to slash almost 90 percent of refined petroleum products exported to North Korea. And it bans all countries from exporting industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to the country.

The draft resolution will also demand the repatriation of North Koreans working overseas within 12 months.

Anchor: Tensions continue to rise between North Korea and the rest of the world as Kim Jong-un asserts his country's nuclear capability and the United Nations seeks even stronger sanctions against the rogue regime.

Those new sanctions banned North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates.

The forced repatriation of foreign workers would also cut off vital sources of foreign currency and investment not only for the government but also for North Korea's emerging market economy, he said.


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