UN tightens North Korea sanctions

2012-04-16 20:07

New York - The UN Security Council on Monday tightened sanctions against North Korea over its failed rocket launch and warned of new "action" if the isolated state stages a new nuclear test.

The 15-member council - including permanent member China - unanimously agreed a statement strongly condemning the launch on Friday which it said had caused "grave security concerns" in Asia.

The council ordered new "entities and items" to be added to the sanctions committee list created after North Korea staged nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

It also ordered the sanctions committee to revise the individuals and North Korean firms and entities subject to the international measures.

The council said the launch of the rocket, which disintegrated over the Yellow Sea shortly after it was sent up, was a "serious violation" of UN resolutions 1718 and 1874.

North Korea said its rocket launch was a weather satellite, but the United States and its allies said it was an attempt to test a missile launcher.

The council demanded that North Korea hold back from any launches "using ballistic missile technology," suspend "all activities related to its ballistic missile programme" and keep to its promised "moratorium on missile launches".

"The Security Council expresses its determination to take action accordingly in the event of a further DPRK launch or nuclear test."

  • Michael - 2012-04-16 21:17

    Understand me (reasonablly) but why is the US, and in some extend the UK to have Nuclear weapons but no other nation. I am in NO favour of North Korean nuclear activity but why......

      Squeegee - 2012-04-16 21:25

      Several countries like China, Russia, France, etc. have nuclear weapons. The problem is with rogue states that may use them or sell them to terrorists, or not be able to secure them (One of the fears about Pakistan's weapons falling into the wrong hands). Iran has vowed to destroy Israel and has sponsored terrorism before. North Korea is ... well, North Korea. We don't need more countries with WMD. Unfortunately we have seen that some people value death more highly than life and would gladly destroy a city. We need to support efforts to keep nukes out of their hands.

      wesleywt - 2012-04-16 21:37

      NK is isolated with a despot in charge. If he gets t a nuclear weapon he can cause immense damage on his own whim. Its a huge difference between this country and China, US and Russia. And its not only US that does not want it to have nukes. Japan and South Korea are all under threat.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-17 04:53

      Michael, Just keep it that way; that NK should have no nuclear weapons. Every clear thinking person in this world believes likewise, be he Chinese, Russian , African, American etc. It are ONLY the ones in need of getting rid of their anti Western feelings, who still propagate other nations have the right to nuclear power. ( Can you just inmagine; the king of Swaziland demanding to develop nuclear weapons, and having long range missiles ?? Crazy thought ?? Not as crazy as to allow NK or Iran to be able to develop these !!)

      DSBennie - 2012-04-17 08:02

      Countries like NK and Iran have signed the non-proliferation treaty which forbids them acquiring nuclear weapons they signed up to it themselves that is also why the world cannot do anything about, Israel, India and Pakistan's weapons as they have not signed the treaty and are hence not breaking international law

      Fidel - 2012-04-17 08:47

      @Squeege Please show me where Iran has "vowed" to destroy Israel? The 'threat to Israel' is a risible argument based on some dubiously-translated comments Ahmedinejad made to his base support of uneducated theocratic loons. People like you are so invested in stories that have been repeated to them over and over that they can confidently toss away the truth without a bother! Considering the Israeli expansion, who is wiping who off of the map? "We hope Iraq will be the first domino and that Libya and Iran will follow. We don't like being kept out of markets because it gives our competitors an unfair advantage," John Gibson, chief executive of Halliburton's Energy Service Group, International Oil Daily 7th May of 2003 (less than 7 weeks after the invasion of Iraq) Consider the above statement and what has happened to the countries mentioned above, who do you suppose is facing a REAL THREAT?

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