UN Security Council slams sanctions against North Korea (video)

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In a unamimous vote Saturday afternoon, the United Nations Security Council met at their New York headquarters and adopted a resolution drafted by the United States that imposes the strongest sanctions ever in response to North Korea’s ballistic missile tests.

The sanctions include the following:

  • Total export ban on coal, North Korea’s largest export
  • Total export bans on iron, iron ore, seafood, lead, and lead ore
  • Stops foreign investments in North Korea through joint ventures
  • Further restricts revenue sources, including a ban on countries accepting additional North Korean laborers

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke out at the meeting, saying, “The North Korean threat has not left us – it is growing rapidly more dangerous. We’ve seen two ICBMs fired in just the last month. Futher action is required. The United States is taking, and will continue to take, prudent defensive measures to protect ourselves and our allies. Our annual joint military exercises, for instance, are transparent and defense-oriented. They have been carried out regularly and openly for nearly 40 years.”

Haley praised China for voting for the additional sanctions, which was considered an encouraging sign.

President Trump had tweeted on July 29, scolding China for their inaction, saying, “I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”

Matthew Rycroft, British Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, tweeted out several messages in support of the sanctions, saying, “Today we banned #NorthKorea exports of coal, iron and seafood, lifeline exports that sustain Kim Jong-Un’s deadly aspirations.”

“We must meet this belligerence with clear, unequivocal condemnation and with clear, unequivocal consequences,” he stated at the meeting.

Haley did warn, however, that sanctions alone will not be enough and “we should not fool ourselves into thinking we have solved the problem — not even close. The threat of an outlaw nuclearized North Korean dictatorship remains … (and) is rapidly growing more dangerous,” Haley told the council members after the vote.

 

U.S. Ambassado Nikki Haley said in an interview after the vote, “This is a new day at the U.N., this is a day of action. This resolution is the strongest resolution with sanctions measures that we’ve seen in a generation.”

 

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