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UNSC votes to impose tougher sanctions on DPRK


03-03-2016 10:30 BJT

The United Nations on Wednesday adopted the toughest sanctions to date on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It also called for a resumption of the long-stalled six-party talks. This is in response to its fourth nuclear test and rocket launch. China stressed the resolution should be a paving stone towards the political settlement of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula. 

These sanctions have been described as the most severe sanctions targeting the DPRK in 2-decades; since the country left the non-proliferation treaty more than 20 years ago. Now this resolution also contains several 'firsts': unprecedented moves to restrict the DPRK's ability to fund and develop its nuclear program. 

Among them is an extensive resource ban on the DPRK's exports of natural resources like coal, titanium, oil and iron ore - exports that account for a huge percentage of DPRK's revenue." New financial sanctions, negotiated between China and US, China's ambassador stressed.

"China always advocates peaceful settlement of international disputes and hotspot issues through political and diplomatic means such as dialogue and negotiations.Sanctions are not an end in themselves and the Security Council resolutions cannot fundamentally solve the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula. Today's resolution should be a new starting point and the paving stone for a political settlement of the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula," said Liu Jieyi, China's Ambassador to the UN.

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