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UN: Security Council impose "toughest" sanctions ever on North Korea03:12

UN: Security Council impose "toughest" sanctions ever on North Korea

United Nations, New York City
November 30, 2016 at 18:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Council first adopted a resolution on the DPRK nuclear issue in 1993. Twenty-three years and six sanctions resolutions later, the challenge persists.

This time, the Council has taken longer than ever before, nearly three months, in responding to a nuclear test by the DPRK – its fifth such act. The time taken to reach agreement on this resolution vividly illustrates the complex nature of the challenge.

This year, the Council has met on nine occasions in emergency consultations in response to nuclear tests and ballistic missile activities of the DPRK. This is an unprecedentedly high number.

Since January, the DPRK has conducted two nuclear tests and at least 25 launches using ballistic missile technology, including launches of a satellite, submarine-based ballistic missiles, and medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

We must assume that, with each test or launch, the DPRK continues to make technological advances in its pursuit of a military nuclear capability. The increase in and nature of these activities pose an ever growing threat to regional security and the global non-proliferation regime.

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. The Security Council sanctions represent the clear and unified will of the international community."

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, said sanctions must be imposed on North Korea following the fifth, and largest nuclear test in Pyongyang, at a conference in New York on Wednesday. The sanctions will slash North Korea's annual export revenue by 25 percent.

Ban Ki-Moon said that the nuclear and ballistic missile activities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was one of the greatest security challenges of our time. He said, "We must assume that, with each test or launch, the DPRK continues to make technological advances in its pursuit of a military nuclear capability."

The Security Council gave a unanimous vote in deciding that the UN needs to intervene by cutting North Korea's exports. Ki-Moon explained, "the DPRK must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations."

North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions since 2006 for its nuclear tests.

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The Council first adopted a resolution on the DPRK nuclear issue in 1993. Twenty-three years and six sanctions resolutions later, the challenge persists.

This time, the Council has taken longer than ever before, nearly three months, in responding to a nuclear test by the DPRK – its fifth such act. The time taken to reach agreement on this resolution vividly illustrates the complex nature of the challenge.

This year, the Council has met on nine occasions in emergency consultations in response to nuclear tests and ballistic missile activities of the DPRK. This is an unprecedentedly high number.

Since January, the DPRK has conducted two nuclear tests and at least 25 launches using ballistic missile technology, including launches of a satellite, submarine-based ballistic missiles, and medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

We must assume that, with each test or launch, the DPRK continues to make technological advances in its pursuit of a military nuclear capability. The increase in and nature of these activities pose an ever growing threat to regional security and the global non-proliferation regime.

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. The Security Council sanctions represent the clear and unified will of the international community."

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, said sanctions must be imposed on North Korea following the fifth, and largest nuclear test in Pyongyang, at a conference in New York on Wednesday. The sanctions will slash North Korea's annual export revenue by 25 percent.

Ban Ki-Moon said that the nuclear and ballistic missile activities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was one of the greatest security challenges of our time. He said, "We must assume that, with each test or launch, the DPRK continues to make technological advances in its pursuit of a military nuclear capability."

The Security Council gave a unanimous vote in deciding that the UN needs to intervene by cutting North Korea's exports. Ki-Moon explained, "the DPRK must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations."

North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions since 2006 for its nuclear tests.

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