UN Toughens Sanctions on North Korea in Response to Its Nuclear Program

Posted on:04 Mar 2016 11:20:57
UN Toughens Sanctions on North Korea in Response to Its Nuclear Program
04 March 2016 Current Affairs: The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution significantly expanding international sanctions against North Korea. The new measures amount to some of the toughest against North Korea in two decades. The vote is in response to North Korea’s nuclear test last month. The sanctions will result in all cargo going to and from the country being inspected, while 16 new individuals and 12 organisations have been blacklisted.In addition to the mandatory cargo inspections the sanctions also include a ban on all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to North Korea, and expulsion of diplomats from the North who engage in “illicit activities”.The US, its Western allies and Japan were eager for the new sanctions to be speedily put in place, and pushed for them to be as wide-ranging as possible. But China made clear that it did not want to impose measures that could jeopardise the stability of North Korea and cause its economy to collapse.
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution significantly expanding international sanctions against North Korea. The new measures amount to some of the toughest against North Korea in two decades. The vote is in response to North Korea’s nuclear test last month. The sanctions will result in all cargo going to and from the country being inspected, while 16 new individuals and 12 organisations have been blacklisted.In addition to the mandatory cargo inspections the sanctions also include a ban on all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to North Korea, and expulsion of diplomats from the North who engage in “illicit activities”.The US, its Western allies and Japan were eager for the new sanctions to be speedily put in place, and pushed for them to be as wide-ranging as possible. But China made clear that it did not want to impose measures that could jeopardise the stability of North Korea and cause its economy to collapse.

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