UN Tightens Sanctions On North Korea Over N-Test
The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution to tighten sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in response to the country’s fifth nuclear test.
In the new resolution, the 15-nation council decided that the DPRK shall not supply, sell or transfer coal, iron and iron ore from its territory, but excluded transactions for livelihood purposes. The Council sets an upper limit on the DPRK’s coal exporting, saying the total exports from the DPRK do not exceed US$400.9 million (F$836.7m) or 7.5 million metric tons per year, whichever is lower, starting on January 1, 2017.
In addition, the Security Council bans the sale of copper, nickel, silver, zinc and statues from the DPRK, according to the resolution. On September 9, the DPRK conducted a nuclear warhead explosion test.
It was Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test, which followed the previous one by eight months. “The Chinese government firmly opposes such an act,” said Chinese Ambassador to the UN, Liu Jieyi. “The resolution adopted by the council today demonstrates the uniform stand of the international community against the development by the DPRK of its nuclear and missile programmes and for the maintenance of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime,” said Mr Liu. Mr Liu pointed out that the relevant measures, as resolution notes, are not intended to produce negative consequences on DPRK’s humanitarian situation and the livelihood of its people, nor to affect normal economic and trade activities. “China urges the parties concerned to effectively implement the relevant provisions the council resolution in its entirety,” he added.
So far, the Security Council has adopted six resolutions to curb the DPRK’s nuclear and missile programmes. Xinhua
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre, front) speaks after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution in response to DPRK’s fifth nuclear test, at the UN headquarters in New York, USA.