UN Security Council Tightened Sanctions Against North Korea

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The United Nations Security Council meets the latest ballistic missile launch by North Korea at UN headquarters in New York, US, July 5, 2017.

The UN Security Council has tightened sanctions on the country’s North Korean rocket tests. On Saturday the panel decided unanimously to ban the government of Pyongyang from exporting coal, iron, lead, and fish. Thus, and with further measures, exports are expected to drop by a third to three billion dollars. The UN ambassador to the United States, Nikki Haley, said that the resolution had not solved the problem. “Further measures must follow.” China also warned North Korea of ​​further escalation.

There have been UN sanctions against North Korea since 2006 because of the missile and atomic programs. Recently, the armed forces tested two intercontinental missiles in July, which met with criticism internationally. According to experts, the rocket tested at the end of July could reach Los Angeles.

The Security Council, in which the USA, Russia, China, Great Britain and France have a veto, also decided that the number of North Korean workers abroad should not rise. It is also forbidden to enter new joint ventures with North Korea or to put new money into existing joint projects. The country’s most important foreign trade bank, like three other organizations and nine people, is blacklisted. The assets abroad are frozen.

The resolution was worked out by the US, whose representatives had been negotiating with Chinese diplomats for a month. Haley said, “The North Korean threat is not over, it’s getting more and more dangerous.” The ambassador announced that the US and South Korea would continue their annual maneuvers. North Korea has accused both states of increasing tensions with the exercises.

Despite the unanimous vote, differences between China and the US were again highlighted on Saturday: Chinese UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi called on the governments of Washington and Seoul to withdraw the US missile defense system Thaad stationed in South Korea. This does not contribute to the resolution of the conflict.

China has repeatedly criticized the deployment because the radar should also reach far into its territory. US President Donald Trump, in turn, calls on China to exert more pressure on the government in Pyongyang. China is the only important ally of the isolated state.