Time: 9:04 p.m. CEST
The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve broad new sanctions against North Korea after the country as they said, make recent nuclear and missile tests. As the USA Today says, “nearly all North Korean resources are channeled into its reckless nuclear program,” the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power after the vote.
The sanctions will the first to require North Korean cargo ships and aircraft inspection before they enter or leave reclusive country. They would also prohibit sales of the small arms and other conventional weapons to North Korea.
The vote reflects the closer cooperation between the United States and China on a longstanding dispute, comments the New York Times. American and Chinese officials negotiated the draft resolutions for weeks, which was approved by the 15-member Council.
The resolution could undermine the North’s ability to raise money and secure technology for its nuclear program. Times says, the resolution will expand the list of luxury watches, it will require countries to expel North Korean diplomats, accused for making illicit activities, and it would prohibit North Korea “from sending its martial arts experts to train police officers in foreign countries, as a United Nations panel recently accused Pyongyang of doing in Uganda,” the Times says.
However, North Korea will be able to buy oil and sell its coal and iron ore, if it is not for the financing of the nuclear program.
On Wednesday, the White House press secretary started the news briefing with greeting for the work of the Security Council. “We commend the work of the Security Council in sending a strong message to Pyongyang,” said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, explaining that the sanctions do not aim toward North Korea’s people.