Nuclear Test: UN Slams North Korea With Ground-Breaking Sanctions

By Ikenga Chronicles December 1, 2016

Nuclear Test: UN Slams North Korea With Ground-Breaking Sanctions

Reports reveal that the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday imposed its toughest ever sanctions on North Korea because of the country defiant nuclear test.

Recall that the UN Security Council had condemned “in the strongest terms” North Korea’s test on September 9.

The U.S ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, while speaking to reporters called the resolution “the strongest sanctions regime the Security Council has imposed on any country in more than a generation.”

Under this sanction North Korea will be restricted from exporting beyond 7.5 million tons of coal in 2017, a reduction of 62 percent from 2015. The resolution demands that North Korea “abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs” and takes aim at the state’s exports of coal — its top external revenue source.

“So long as the DPRK makes the choice it has made, which is to pursue the path of violations instead of the path of dialogue, we will continue to work to increase the pressure and defend ourselves and allies from this threat” said Power, referring to the North by its official name–the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Also Speaking, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all countries to enforce the resolution.

“It sends an unequivocal message that the DPRK must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations” said Ban Ki-moon, who has flirted with entering politics in his native South Korea after his term ends in a month.

China’s UN ambassador, Liu Jieyi, disclosed that Beijing “strongly opposes” the North Korean nuclear tests.

“Certain parties increase their military presence and scale up military exercises, thus intensifying the confrontation” he said at the Council. “This situation must be changed as soon as possible” he said.

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