North Korea Hit With Strictest Sanctions Yet

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on a new round of sanctions against North Korea. The United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the sanctions were “a strong, united step toward holding North Korea accountable for its behavior.”

The UNSC unanimously approved punishing new sanctions Saturday against North Korea in retaliation for its repeated refusal to stop testing missiles and developing a nuclear program.

The sanctions are expected to reduce North Korea’s expected annual export revenue by one-third, or $1 Billion, The New York Times reported.

The resolution represents a diplomatic victory for the Trump administration, which was able to put aside differences with China and Russia to pass the sanctions on a unanimous vote.

President Trump tweeted, “the United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea. China and Russia voted with us. Very big financial impact!”

Haley similarly touted the success of the resolution, saying they represent “the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation.”

After the vote, Haley tempered her praise of the resolution, telling council members “the threat of an outlaw nuclearized North Korean dictatorship remains … [and] is rapidly growing more dangerous.”

North Korea responded to the resolution in a government statement Monday morning, “there is no bigger mistake than the United States believing that its land is safe across the ocean.”

North Korea also said they would bolster their nuclear efforts and continue launching missile strikes, which prompted the sanctions in the first place.

 

 

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