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UN Security Council imposes new sanctions against North Korea

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The UN security council unanimously expanded new sanctions against North Korea Friday after the regime launched its ninth ballistic missile test of the year, CNN reported Saturday.

The resolution slapped even more UN sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) and condemns the regime's continued proliferation of its nuclear and ballistic program.

The new sanctions extend a travel ban and asset freeze on high-level North Korean officials and state entities that deal with the program.

The new asset and travel freeze by this resolution target senior officials and its core military apparatus that are directly responsible for the regime's illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs, South Korea ambassador to the UN, Cho Tae-Yul, told the council on Friday.

The list of expanded sanctions also included state officials and banks.

"Some DPRK businessmen and commercial entities are also newly designated, which I believe will help further restrict the DPRK's ability to finance its illicit activities," he said.

Though US military exercises in the Korean peninsula have been controversial in the international community, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley urged security council members to enforce the new sanctions.

"The security council is sending a clear message to North Korea today -- stop firing ballistic missiles or face the consequences," Haley said after the vote.

"Countries must also do more to break up North Korean smuggling rings, and cut off the sources of funding North Korea uses to pay for the development of weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them," she said in a statement.

Ambassadors of countries such as France and Italy supported the resolution but stressed that sanctions are only a means to an end, not a goal realized.

"Sanctions are not a goal in itself but as long as DPRK doesn't stop its behavior, we'll have no other choice than reinforcing the pressure on the regime," Permanent Representative of France to the UN Fancois Delattre told reporters Friday.

Last Modified: Saturday، 03 June 2017 11:27 AM