The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that expands international sanctions against North Korea on Wednesday, March 2.
In response to North Korea’s testing of long-range, inter-continental, nuclear missiles last month, China joined in the sanctions. Beijing however made clear it did not want the regime to collapse as a result of the sanctions.
The regime sustains that its missile programme is purely scientific in nature.
US Ambassador Samantha Power said that the Pyongyang regime prefers developing weapon systems than meeting the basic needs of its people, thereby forming a “perverse reality.”
Sanctions include mandatory cargo inspections to include a ban on all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons, coal, iron, gold, titanium, vanadium ore and rare earth minerals, aviation fuel including “kerosene-type rocket fuel,” and luxury goods of all kinds. All North Korean financial assets of entities linked to the nuclear program will be frozen.
There is an international ban on police co-operation, closing down North Korea’s training programs abroad and states are allowed to summarily expel diplomats engaging in illicit activities.
These are by far the most extensive sanction imposed on Pyongyang in 20 years.
(AFP, BBC, DW)