UN Tight­ens Sanc­tions On North Korea Over N-Test

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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.

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