United Nations slaps new sanctions on North Korea

United Nations slaps new sanctions on North Korea

North Korea on November 29 said it successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile in a "breakthrough" that puts the USA mainland within range of its nuclear weapons whose warheads could withstand re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.

Kim's speech came on the same day the UN Security Council planned to vote on a new proposal from the United States to expand sanctions against the isolated Asian country, in response to the ICBM test conducted on November 29.

The new restrictions are meant to slash North Korea's imports of refined petroleum products, further restrict shipping and impose a 12-month deadline for expatriate North Korean workers to be sent home.

A week after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called out Russian Federation and China for their support of Kim Jong Un's regime, the 15-member Security Council passed its fourth resolution against Pyongyang in 13 months on Friday.

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Hailing the unity of the Security Council vote and referring to leader Kim Jong Un, Haley said that, "we will continue to match the Kim regime's choice of aggressive action with actions of worldwide sanctions".

The sanctions proposed by the USA include capping exports of kerosene, gasoline and other refined petroleum products to North Korea at 500,000 barrels a year from January.

The country had also regularly threatened they would destroy South Korea, Japan and the United States and continue to claim that the weapons program is necessary to counter U.S. aggression.

The resolution that was adopted will restrict new deliveries of petrol products by up to 90 per cent, to 500,000 barrels a year, and crude oil at 4 million barrels a year.

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Specifically, the new resolution cuts deliveries of products including diesel and kerosene by nearly 90 percent, to the equivalent of 500,000 barrels per year starting January 1.

Asked about the effects of sanctions before these latest proposals were announced, Michael Kirby, who led a United Nations inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea, said cutting off fuel imports would be "a very serious step".

On Friday, a spokesperson for North Korea's Foreign Ministry called U.S. President Donald Trump's recently released national security strategy the latest American policy seeking to "stifle our country and turn the entire Korean peninsula" into an outpost of American hegemony.

A total of 16 North Korean officials, most of whom work in banking, were added to the United Nations sanctions blacklist along with the North Korean ministry of the people's armed forces, which manages logistics for the army. Repatriation of its foreign workers may also cut down vital sources of foreign currency and investment to the country's market economy.

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