UN Approves New Sanctions Against North Korea
The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea.
It believes the sanctions will ensure that North Korea faces consequences for every long-range ballistic missile and nuclear test.
But the sanctions, however, involve lesser sanctions than the U.S. wanted.
The Trump administration wanted a ban on all oil imports and freezing international assets of the government and its leader, Kim Jong Un.
The Resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council strengthens UN sanctions on North Korea in response to the recent North Korea nuclear test and includes the strongest sanctions ever imposed on North Korea, with a full ban on the export of textiles, a cutback in revenues from overseas workers, a 30% reduction of oil provided to North Korea, a ban on all joint ventures with North Korea and a provision to prevent smuggling of prohibited arms and exports.
The resolution does not include sanctions that the U.S. wanted on North Korea's national airline and the army.
Nevertheless, the sanctions have been adjudged a tough message to North Korea.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council after the vote that "these are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea". But she stressed that "these steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively".
Haley noted that the council was meeting on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack. In a clear message to North Korean threats to attack the U.S., she said: "We will never forget the lesson that those who have evil intentions must be confronted".
"Today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea," she said.
"We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing" and instead are taking steps to prevent it "from doing the wrong thing".