UN Approves N. Korea Sanctions

Security Council OKs crackdown unanimously

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 7, 2013 9:37 AM CST

(Newser) – North Korea's threat of a pre-emptive nuclear strike apparently didn't exactly strike fear in the heart of the UN Security Council, which approved harsh new sanctions on Pyongyang shortly after it convened at 10am EST this morning. The joint US-China resolution passed unanimously, reports the AP, and comes as punishment for last month's nuclear test. The sanctions are aimed at severely hamstringing North Korea, both financially and materially, in its pursuit of nuclear weapons; click for details.

North Koreans attend a rally in support of a statement given on Tuesday by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army vowing to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War as well as boasting of the North's ownership of lighter and smaller nukes and...
North Koreans attend a rally in support of a statement given on Tuesday by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army vowing to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War...   (Jon Chol Jin)
North Koreans attend a rally in support of the government Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
North Koreans attend a rally in support of the government Tuesday, March 5, 2013.   (Jon Chol Jin)
North Koreans attend a rally to support a statement given on Tuesday by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army vowing to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War as well as boasting of the North's ownership of lighter and smaller nukes and its...
North Koreans attend a rally to support a statement given on Tuesday by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army vowing to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War as...   (Jon Chol Jin)
Soldiers of Kim Il Sung Military University perform military training on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Soldiers of Kim Il Sung Military University perform military training on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
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