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UN Imposes Tough Sanctions On North Korea Over Nuclear Test

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The United Nations has imposed a fresh round of tough sanctions on North Korea as a punitive measure against the Communist nation's intimidating nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

A resolution unanimously adopted by the Security Council Monday calls on the international community to impose limits on oil exports to North Korea, ban the country's textile imports and access to gas liquids, and more closely inspect cargo ships going in and out of its ports.

The United States, targeted by North Korea with ballistic missile tests in recent months, had originally proposed harsher sanctions including a total ban on oil imports.

But North Korea's allies Russia and China insisted on reduced measures, and the resolution was passed unanimously only after the members agreed to it.

The 15-member Council seeks to cap refined petroleum products up to 500,000 barrels beginning in October, and up to 2 million barrels per year starting in January for a period of one year.

In addition, the resolution takes action against North Korean nationals who work abroad and who could be "generating foreign export earnings that the country uses to support its prohibited nuclear and ballistic missile programs."

The resolution prohibits UN Member States from providing work authorizations for North Korean nationals except for humanitarian or denuclearization purposes.

The Council also gives countries the right to inspect ships suspected of carrying prohibited materials.

In addition, the Council banned textile imports after 90 days.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, told the Security Council: "We don't take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today. We are not looking for war."

But Pyongyang warned that if the US did eventually push through harsher sanctions, North Korea would "absolutely make sure that the US pays due price."

by RTT Staff Writer

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