UN's toughest sanctions on N Korea in 20 years

2016-03-02 19:15


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New York - The UN Security Council has unanimously approved the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades, reflecting growing anger at Pyongyang's latest nuclear test and rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity.

The United States and North Korea's traditional ally China spent seven weeks negotiating the new sanctions. They include mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering North Korea by sea or air, a ban on all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to Pyongyang, and expulsion of diplomats from the North who engage in "illicit activities".

The US, its Western allies and Japan pressed for new sanctions that went beyond the North's nuclear and missile programmes but China, Pyongyang's neighbour, was reluctant to impose measures that could threaten the stability of North Korea and cause its economy to collapse.

AFP reported on Wednesday that US President Barack Obama hailed the sanctions, saying it sent a "simple message" that Pyongyang must abandon its weapons of mass destruction programmes.

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