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UN imposes new sanctions on North Korea

23 Dec, 2017 10:33:00

The UN Security Council has unanimously voted to impose tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang's latest missile test.

The sanctions, passed on Friday, include a ban on nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea.

The restrictions, proposed by the US, are designed to prevent Pyongyang from furthering its nuclear programme.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna, reporting from the UN, said the move was a "significant ramping up" of sanctions against North Korea.

"The idea is to squeeze North Korea as tightly as possible to reduce its income, reduce its revenues, and in that way hopefully drive it to the negotiating table and also for it to stop its missile development process," he said.

The resolution also orders North Koreans who work abroad to return to the country within 24 months.

'Arrogance and hostility' 

Speaking at the UN, Nikki Haley, US ambassador, said North Korea's "arrogance and hostility" had been a stumbling block to achieving peace.

"Today, for the 10th time, this council stands united against a North Korean regime that rejects the pursuit of peace," she said.

"The Kim regime continues to defy the resolutions of this council, the norms of civilised behaviour and the patience of the international community."

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's government has conducted several missile tests this year, which have drawn condemnation from the international community.

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