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North Korea calls latest UN sanctions 'act of war'

North Korea calls latest UN sanctions 'act of war'
North Korea said that the new round of United Nations sanctions against it is an "act of war," CNN reported on Monday.

Pyongyang warned the US and other nations which supported the strict measures will pay a heavy price.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted US-drafted sanctions against North Korea last week, following a November intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test experts said was Pyongyang's most advanced yet.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said the new sanctions will strangle North Korea's energy supplies and tighten restrictions on smuggling.

The resolution cuts exports of gasoline, diesel and other refined oil products by a total of 89%. It also bans the export of industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to North Korea, and requires countries currently hosting North Korean migrant workers to repatriate them within 24 months.
Around 100,000 North Koreans work overseas, according to the UN, many of them in "slave-like" conditions. Most of their wages are sent back home, raking in an estimated $500 million each year for Kim Jong Un's regime.

The new UN resolution also prohibits countries from smuggling North Korean coal and other prohibited commodities by sea and authorizes member states to inspect, seize and impound any vessels in their territorial waters found to be transporting prohibited items.
Earlier this month Washington asked the UN to ban 10 ships from entering ports across the world over alleged dealings with North Korea.

The latest round of sanctions come just three months after the UN passed a US-drafted resolution described by Haley at the time as "by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea."

The previous measures, unanimously adopted in September, had been designed to accomplish six major goals: cap North Korea's oil imports, ban textile exports, end additional overseas laborer contracts, suppress smuggling efforts, stop joint ventures with other nations and sanction designated North Korean government entities, according to a US official familiar with negotiations.


 
Last Modified: Monday، 25 December 2017 01:18 PM
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