UNSC hits North Korea with additional sanctions following nuclear test

In light of North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted additional sanctions aimed at hurting the isolated state’s economy. “Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley explained.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved additional sanctions against North Korea Monday night in light of the pariah state’s sixth and most dangerous nuclear test. Among other things, the sanctions include a ban on Pyongyang’s textile export and a limit on its oil import.

Last night’s resolution was the ninth unanimously approved resolution since 2006 regarding North Korea. The additional sanctions are supposed to demonstrate the international community’s opposition to the isolated state’s ballistic missile and nuclear developments. The US softened the first draft of the sanctions in order to gain the support of China and Russia.

Pyongyang’s textile export is the country’s second largest source of revenue after the export of coal and other minerals. North Korea earned about $752 million from the industry last year. China is North Korea’s largest textile consumer.

“Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea, and today, the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said after the sanctions were approved last night. “We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing, we are now trying to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing.”

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