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article imageU.N. to impose tough sanctions on North Korea

By Paul Iddon     Mar 7, 2013 in Politics
The United Nations Security Council has approved the implementation of new sanctions against North Korea in response to the nuclear test that country carried out last month.
These new sanctions will, upon implementation, specifically target North Korean diplomats with links to the North Korean military, their banking activities along with their ability to import luxury items and travel. North Korea has in turn threatened to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against South Korea and the United States who they deem to be "aggressors." (Irish Examiner, March 7 2013)
The UN vote was unanimous at 15-0 and will see to the imposition of the fourth round of sanctions against the North Korean state under the auspices of Resolution 2094. U.S ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice summed up the document when she stated it "strongly condemns" the actions of the regime in Pyongyang and would serve to "further constrain" that regimes nuclear ability. She also warned that "North Korea will achieve nothing by continuing threats and provocations."
China called upon the need to "defuse the tensions" on the peninsula and South Korea denounced the North's nuclear tests as a "grave threat to peace" in the region. Russia's stance is approving of the sanctions summing them up as an "appropriate measure."
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the vote as one that served to send "an unequivocal message to [North Korea] that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons." (BBC News, March 7 2013)
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