North Korea was slapped with a new set of United Nations sanctions Monday, one week after conducting its largest ever nuclear test.
The 15-member council unanimously approved the resolution after the rogue state detonated its most powerful ever nuclear bomb at the Punggye-ri test site on Saturday, September 3. The underground test caused a 6.3 magnitude earthquake which shook provinces across northern Korea and northeast China.
The resolution laid out the harshest sanctions ever imposed on North Korea, which has repeatedly defied international law by testing long-range ballistic missiles and pursuing its nuclear weapons program. The U.N. Security Council has sanctioned Pyongyang 8 times since it carried out its first nuclear test in 2006.
United Nations Resolution 2371 passed last month banned all coal, iron and lead exports, as well as restricting the country’s foreign trade bank. Nations around the world are also banned from accepting any additional North Korean workers.
These latest sanctions will cut the country’s imports of refined petroleum to just 2 million barrels per year, as well as adding textiles to its list of prohibited exports.
Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security Council that sanctions on North Korea will cut deep. Source: Bloomberg