In response to its nuclear weapons test on January 6,the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday approved imposition of tough sanctions on North Korea- halt the funding for nuclear and ballistic programs and pressure the regime to resume negotiations for a lasting denuclearization agreement.
The resolution was unanimously adopted by the 15 members of the council .In the statement, the council condemned in the strongest terms the nuclear test on January 6 and the satellite launch on February 7, which it said used ballistic missile technology banned by previous UN resolutions. Pyongyang insisted it was a peaceful satellite launch.
The council reiterated its demands that the Pyongyang abandon all nuclear weapons and other nuclear programmes as well as weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes.
Wednesday’s resolution includes a ban on all exports from North Korea of coal, iron, iron ore, gold, titanium ore, vanadium ore and rare earth metals. It also places a prohibition on supply of all types of aviation fuel, including rocket fuel, to the the country.
Reiterating “the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in northeast Asia at large,”, the resolution expresses the council’s commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the Security Council’s move, saying the Pyongyang “must return to full compliance with its international obligations.”
US President Barack Obama also welcomed the UN resolution , calling it “a firm, united, and appropriate response by the international community” to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes.North Korea conducted three nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, respectively. Right after Pyongyang’s first nuclear test, the Security Council adopted a resolution to impose sanctions on the Pyongyang and set up a sanctions committee.The toughest component would require all countries to inspect all cargo passing through their territory to or from North Korea.