by J. Krishna Moorthi:
The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM] test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers abroad. The UN resolution seeks to ban nearly 90% of refined petroleum exports to North Korea by capping them at 500000 barrels a year.
In a last- minute change, the UN security Council resolution demanded the repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months, instead of 12 months as its proposed.The US drafted resolution also caps crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year and commits the council to further reductions it were to conduct another nuclear teat or launch another ICBM.
North Korea on November 29 said it successfully tested a new ICBM that put the US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.
“It sends the ambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further will invite further punishments and isolation,” Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said after 15-0 vote.The North Korean mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
South Korea welcomed the sanctions and called on the North to ‘immediately cease reckless provocations, and take the path of dialogue to denuclearize.”