South Korea welcomes new U.N. sanctions on North Korea
South Korea welcomed on Tuesday (September 12) a new U.N. Security Council resolution imposing additional sanctions on North Korea over its sixth nuclear test and said the only way for Pyongyang to escape isolation and economic hardship is to end its nuclear programme.
A spokesman at South Korea’s President Blue House, Park Su-hyun, held a news briefing and said North Korea needs to realise that a reckless challenge against international peace will only bring about even stronger international sanctions against it.
The United Nations Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea on Monday (September 11) over the country’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test conducted on September 3, imposing a ban on the country’s textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.
It was the ninth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member council since 2006 over North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs. A tougher initial U.S. draft was weakened to win the support of Pyongyang ally China and Russia.