UN New Set of Sanctions Against North Korea

Kim Jong Un

North Korea earns yet another set of sanctions, following the country’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test. The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to impose sanctions on the rogue country in an attempt to stop their reckless missile test which are spreading fear across the globe. This move by the U.N. had U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley leading the charge.

Via Western Journalism:

“Today, we are attempting to take the future of the North Korean nuclear program out of the hands of its outlaw regime,” Haley said.

“We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing. We are now acting to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing,” Haley added.

The initial sanctions package was much more aggressive, but Haley and other U.S. allies agreed to water down the proposal after Russia and China threatened to veto the resolution.

“(I)t is a very significant set of additional sanctions on imports into North Korea and on exports out of North Korea and other measures as well,” said Matthew Rycroft, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the U.N.

The new round of sanctions will aggressively ban a number of textile exports and impose a reduction of the nation’s ability to import oil, both elements being crucial to North Korea’s economy.

“The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted the strongest sanctions ever against North Korea: #15-0,” Haley tweeted, including a breakdown of how severe the sanctions are against North Korea.

The Washington Examiner reported the U.S. originally sought an outright oil embargo and the freezing Kim Jong Un’s personal assets.

China and Russia wanted these two bold measures removed in exchange for their support of new sanctions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned last week that overly aggressive sanctions against North Korea wouldn’t have the lasting effect some are seeking.

“We do not need to react emotionally and corner North Korea into a dead end,” Putin said. “I am concerned cutting off the oil supply to North Korea may cause damage to people in hospitals or other ordinary citizens.”

President Donald Trump has warned that the United States would be in favor of imposing unilateral sanctions against any company that conducts business with North Korea — a threat aimed directly at Russia and China — but decided against the aggressive measure and in favor of a more moderate approach.

The Pyongyang regime threatened retribution against Washington for any new sanctions measure threatening to inflict “the greatest pain and suffering” the US has ever encountered.

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