UN Security Council Imposes New Sanctions on North Korea

UN Security Council Imposes New Sanctions on North Korea

The latest intercontinental missile test done by North Korea happened on November 29 and the country claims it can target any location in the USA mainland and withstand reentry to the Earth's atmosphere.

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.

Tensions have been rising over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, which it pursues in defiance of years of U.N. Security Council resolutions, with bellicose rhetoric coming from both Pyongyang and the White House.

The US-drafted resolution would also cap off crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year.

The UN Security Council on Saturday morning (NZ time) unanimously voted for new sanctions on North Korea, citing its latest missile tests. Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the council that the "pressure campaign must and will continue until denuclearization is achieved", as he backtracked from his offer to hold unconditional talks with Pyongyang.

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 global sanctions".

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.

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Speaking at the fifth Workers' Party cell chairs conference in Pyongyang the previous day, Kim reportedly said that the North has achieved the historic task of completing its nuclear force and urged the chairs to break down US sanctions and do their best to realize the party's major tasks.

Tens of thousands of North Koreans have been sent to Russian Federation and China to earn revenue for Pyongyang, working in what United Nations rights officials have described as "slave-like conditions".

The draft resolution will also demand the repatriation of North Koreans working overseas within 12 months. He said Trump was seeking "total subordination of the whole world".

It's a move that analysts said could have a significant impact on the isolated country's struggling economy.

All North Korean workers in foreign countries are in principle to be repatriated within 2 years from the day the resolution is adopted.

Washington has been imposing sanctions on the country since 2008, banning the export of goods and services to the country, with little effect.

The previous sanctions resolution was adopted on September 11 in response o North Korea's sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion on September 3.

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