Washington, Dec 23: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Saturday unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea‘s intercontinental ballistic missile test on November 19. The UN limited North Korea’s access to 90 per cent refined petroleum products to stop resourcing their illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The security council also imposed limitations on energy, export and import sectors, and overseas North Korean labourers. It is also planning to shut North Korea’s smuggling activities.
About the intercontinental ballistic missile launch, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, “On November 29, Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. This was another attempt by the Kim regime to masquerade as a great power, while their people starve and their soldiers defect. But for the international community, this is an unprecedented challenge from a defiant state. So we have levelled an unprecedented response.” (Also Read: US Accuses N Korea Of WannaCry; Pyongyang Denies Allegations)
“By cutting off this supply we will restrict their ability to develop and deploy these weapons,” said British Ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft, adding that most of the refined petroleum products are used by the North Korea regime. (Also Read: Trump’s Travel Ban on Muslim-majority Countries Gets Supreme Court Approval)
Besides putting limitations on energy, export and import sectors, the UNSC also imposed a ban on North Korean exports of food products, machinery and industrial and electrical equipment, news agency ANI reported.
“We have taken these steps to restrict the income the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) uses to fund its prohibited nuclear and ballistic missile programs. I congratulate the United States on this diplomatic achievement and we join them in leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of a diplomatic solution,” said Matthew Rycroft.