UNSC unanimously approves new sanctions on North Korea

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The United Nations Security Council on Saturday passed a resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea for its continued intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) testing and violations of UN resolutions.

The Foreign Ministry said on Sunday in a statement that the UNSC Resolution 2371 includes a ban on all exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood, and prohibits additional permits for North Korean workers overseas, which were excluded in the previous resolution.

Last month, North Korea tested two ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

The sanctions ban countries from buying North Korean coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

The measure cuts about $1 billion worth of North Korean exports, or about a third of the country's export revenue each year. In the previous resolutions against Pyongyang adopted past year, the council set export caps on coal, the country's main trade item.

The Security Council has already imposed six rounds of sanctions that have failed to halt North Korea's drive to improve its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons capabilities.

President Trump has used different strategies, from charm to Twitter criticism, to urge China to put more pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program.

The resolution condemns the launches "in the strongest terms" and reiterates previous calls for North Korea to suspend all ballistic missile launches and abandon its nuclear weapons and nuclear program "in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner".

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Washington gave a new twist to the blockade against its archenemy yesterday, at the UN Security Council, by securing the support of China and Russian Federation to new sanctions against Pyongyang.

In addition, the sanctions place nine individuals and four entities on the United Nations blacklist, including a global asset freeze and travel ban on North Korea's primary foreign exchange bank. It also imposes an asset freeze on two companies and two banks.

The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, called it the "most impactful and expansive set of sanctions to date" and said the resolution is expected to be approved unanimously.

China, as a permanent member of the UNSC, upheld an impartial and objective position and played a responsible and constructive role in the process of the adoption of the resolution, he said. "It was not a good day for North Korea", she said.

While the draft resolution would impose biting economic sanctions, the USA didn't get everything it wanted.

Neither oil nor new air restrictions are included in the resolution. "This was a strong day in the U.N., it was a strong day for the United States and it was a strong day for the worldwide community".

China has always insisted on realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, upholding peace and stability there and seeking a solution through dialogue and consultation.

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