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United Nations imposes tough new sanctions on North Korea

United Nations imposes tough new sanctions on North Korea

The latest intercontinental missile test done by North Korea happened on November 29 and the country claims it can target any location in the USA mainland and withstand reentry to the Earth's atmosphere.

The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on new sanctions for North Korea after the country test-fired a missile it claims can strike the whole USA mainland.

The council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that also orders the repatriation of North Korean workers overseas and earning revenue for Kim Jong-Un's regime.

Ahead of the council meeting, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said a unanimous vote would be important to send a clear message to Pyongyang that it must abandon its ambition to develop nuclear weapons.

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy South Korea, the United States and Japan, and says its weapons programs are necessary to counter USA aggression.

USA diplomats have made clear they are seeking a diplomatic solution but have proposed new, tougher sanctions to ratchet up pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The proposal would limit crude oil imports to 4 million barrels per year.

"If they were enforced, the cap on oil would be devastating for North Korea's haulage industry, for North Koreans who use generators at home or for productive activities, and for [state-owned enterprises] that do the same", said Peter Ward, a columnist for NK News, a website that tracks North Korea. And it bans all countries from exporting industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to the country.

Tens of thousands of North Koreans have been sent to Russian Federation and China to earn revenue for Pyongyang, working in what United Nations rights officials have described as "slave-like conditions".

Anchor: Tensions continue to rise between North Korea and the rest of the world as Kim Jong-un asserts his country's nuclear capability and the United Nations seeks even stronger sanctions against the rogue regime.

US President Donald Trump's new national security strategy is a "criminal document" that seeks the "total subordination of the whole world to the interests of the US", North Korea's foreign ministry says. The measure also prohibits insurance for all North Korean-affiliated vessels. Repatriation of its foreign workers may also cut down vital sources of foreign currency and investment to the country's market economy.


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