Latest DPRK nuclear test prompts toughest UN Security Council sanctions

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Council. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The "toughest and most comprehensive sanctions ever" have been imposed by the UN Security Council in response to the latest nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who on Wednesday welcomed a unanimous resolution by the Council which condemned the 9 September test "in the strongest terms."

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN Secretary-General described the country's nuclear activities as "one of the most enduring and pressing peace and security challenges of our time."

Mr Ban noted that the resolution was three months in the making, reflecting what he described as the "complex nature" of this challenge.

The resolution calls on Governments to suspend scientific and technical cooperation with the DPRK, except in certain cases such as medical exchanges.

The country, also known as North Korea, has also been prohibited from supplying, selling or transferring coal, iron and iron ore, among other measures.

Here's the UN Secretary-General speaking in the Security Council chamber:

"Today's resolution includes the toughest and most comprehensive sanctions regime ever imposed by the Security Council. It sends an unequivocal message that the DPRK must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations. Targeted sanctions matter. Security Council sanctions represent the clear and unified will of the international community." 

Mr Ban urged countries to ensure that the sanctions are fully implemented. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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