Friday, the 15-member U.N. Security Council voted 15-0 to impose tough new sanctions against North Korea, in retaliation to their latest ballistic missile test on November 29.
North Korea’s latest missile test turned out to be their most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile ever launch, with the capability of hitting anywhere within the United States mainland.
The United States reportedly worked up the draft of the sanctions and negotiated the proposal with China before distributing the final document to the rest of the council.
The sanctions adopted by the U.N. Security Council on Friday wasn’t quite as tough as what the Trump administration had originally requested, which would have prohibited all oil imports and froze international assets of both the North Korean government and its dictator leader, Kim Jong Un.
However, the sanctions do hit North Korea with a nearly 90 percent cut in imported fuels, capping crude oil imports at 4 million barrels a year, and limiting its imports of refined oil products, including kerosene and diesel, to only 500,000 barrels a year.
The sanctions also banned countries from shipping industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to North Korea.
Exports of food products, machinery, electrical equipment, earth and stones, wood and vessels are prohibited from North Korea as well.
The sanctions resolution expresses concern that North Korea is illegally exporting coal and other prohibited items through ship-to-ship transfers, and authorizes U.N. members to inspect and seize any ship suspected of being involved in such transfers.
An estimated 93,000 North Koreans are reportedly working abroad, according to a U.S. official. The new sanctions bans that completely, as there is concern that the workers’ earnings are being used to support the nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
However, the foreign work program won’t end immediately – the sanctions requires all countries to send North Korean workers home within 24 months.
United States U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned that if North Korea launches another ballistic missile test, the sanctions will expand even stronger.
The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 in favor of additional Sanctions on North Korea. The World wants Peace, not Death!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2017
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