Security Council tightens sanctions against North Korea

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Vitaly Churkin

The UN Security Council on Thursday tightened sanctions against North Korea in response to its nuclear test last month.

In a unanimous resolution, the Council strongly condemned the nuclear test on 12 February which it said, was a flagrant violation of its relevant resolutions.

The Council imposed additional financial sanctions and travel restrictions including on the movement of cargo to and from North Korea by sea or air.

The resolution also bans the transfer to and from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea of specific technology related to ballistic missiles as well as nuclear and chemical weapons.

The President of the Security Council, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia spoke to the press following the adoption of the resolution.

"I think today the Security Council acted in a prompt unanimous and measured manner and delivered a response to the latest nuclear test by DPRK which is appropriate, measured and, as far as the Russian Federation is concerned, it's very important that the high priority, which is expressed in the resolution, is the need to return to the six-party talks." (22")

The six-party talks involves North and South Korea, China, the United States, Russia and Japan to find a peaceful resolution to the issue of North Korea's nuclear programme.

Ambassador Churkin said even if it may be unrealistic to expect the talks to be resumed under the present circumstances, they should remain a high priority for those concerned about this issue.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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