New UN Security Council sanctions target DPRK exports

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A file photo of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The UN Security Council has voted to strengthen sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in response to the country's latest missile tests.

In an emergency meeting held on Saturday, the 15 ambassadors unanimously adopted a resolution which clamps down on the country’s exports.

The DPRK, also known as North Korea, launched what it said were intercontinental ballistic missiles on 3 and 28 July.

Dianne Penn reports.

The resolution blocks the DPRK from exporting items such as coal, iron ore and lead, as well as seafood.

It also prohibits states from entering into financial ventures with individuals or entities from the country, among other measures.

The resolution was submitted by the United States.

The country's ambassador, Nikki Haley, described it as "a strong, united step."

"North Korea’s irresponsible and careless acts have just proved to be quite costly to the regime. This resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever levelled against the North Korean regime. The price the North Korean leadership will pay for its continued nuclear and missile development will be the loss of one-third of its exports and hard currency.  This is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation."

The Security Council also regretted that the DPRK has diverted its "scarce resources" to its nuclear programme.

The UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, says more than half of citizens there face major insecurities in food and medical care.

The resolution condemned the country "for pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles instead of the welfare of its people."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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