Resolution signals global opposition to N. Korean weapons: S. Korea
ON Tuesday hailed the adoption of a stricter sanctions resolution by the U.N. Security Council as a sign of the international community’s united opposition to North Korea’s nuclear weapons development.
South Korean presidential spokesman Park Soo Hyun told reporters that the resolution “signifies the international community’s consensus and overwhelming support that sanctions stronger than the previous resolution are needed in response to North Korea’s nuclear test.”
The Security Council in New York on Monday unanimously approved the new sanctions resolution imposing the first restrictions on exports of crude oil and petroleum products to North Korea following its sixth and most powerful to date nuclear test.
Park said North Korea should realize that its reckless challenge to international peace would only bring in stronger sanctions.
“North Korea should not try to test the resolute resolve of the international community and (must) come to a table of dialogue,” he said. “Complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization is the only path (for Pyongyang) to escape from diplomatic isolation and economic pressure.”
Earlier Tuesday, the South Korean Foreign Ministry issued a similar statement, saying the Security Council “reaffirmed the strong resolve of the international community not to tolerate North Korea’s reckless and irresponsible nuclear development.”
Describing Pyongyang’s nuclear program as “a serious challenge to the global peace and security,” the ministry urged North Korea to heed the international community’s grim warning that its repeated provocative actions would only deepen diplomatic isolation and economic hardships.
The ministry also said in the statement that South Korea will further strengthen its cooperation with the international community to ensure that all Security Council resolutions are fully implemented.
In a press briefing, ministry spokesman Cho June Hyuck said that the sanctions are “expected to inflict much stronger suffering on the North Korean leadership by cutting off” the sources of finance for Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.
Cho said the punitive measures will reduce oil imports to North Korea by about 30 percent and ban its exports of textiles and the issuance of permits for North Koreans to work abroad.
Tensions are high on the peninsula following the North’s sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3. Pyongyang has repeatedly launched missiles in defiance of international warnings, including two intercontinental ballistic missiles, over the past year. – Kyodo
The United Nations Security Council votes to pass a new sanctions resolution against North Korea during a meeting at U.N. headquarters, Monday, September 11, 2017.