UN Imposes Toughest-Ever Sanctions on North Korea

Though they aren't as tough as the US was hoping for
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2017 6:01 PM CDT
   (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

(Newser) – In response to North Korea testing a thermonuclear weapon last week, the UN Security Council voted Monday to impose its toughest-ever sanctions on the country, the Washington Post reports. Under the terms of the resolution, the country's oil imports will be capped at 8.5 million barrels a year, a drop of 30%, and Pyongyang's textile exports will be banned entirely. Previous sanctions reduced North Korean exports of coal, iron ore, and seafood, meaning 90% of the country's exports are now restricted by sanctions. Textiles account for more than a quarter of North Korea's export income.The resolution also allows countries to inspect ships suspected of carrying North Korean goods.

Though the sanctions are the toughest ever imposed on North Korea, they fell far short of what the Trump administration was hoping for, the New York Times reports. Washington had called for a total cutoff of oil supplies to the country, authorization to use force against any ships leaving or entering North Korean ports, and a ban on the import of North Korean laborers. The US also wanted a travel ban on North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. All of those requests were toned down to win the votes of China and Russia. Knowing the vote was coming, earlier Monday, Pyongyang warned that any new sanctions "will cause the greatest pain and suffering [the US] had ever gone through in its entire history." (Read more North Korea stories.)

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