U.N. to vote on new N.K. sanctions Friday: report

December 21, 2017


WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (Yonhap) — The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote Friday on new sanctions against North Korea, including further restrictions on its imports of oil, according to a news report.

The measures come in response to North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Nov. 29, which the communist regime claimed is capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to anywhere in the United States.

The draft resolution was circulated by the U.S. on Thursday and will be voted on at 1 p.m. Friday, Reuters reported.

It seeks to slash refined petroleum product exports to North Korea by nearly 90 percent in a bid to stop progress on the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The council imposed an annual cap of 2 million barrels in September, and the new resolution calls for a further reduction to 500,000 barrels.

Other proposed sanctions include the repatriation of North Korean overseas workers within the next 12 months. The workers’ income is believed to be extorted by the Pyongyang regime to fund its weapons development.

There are also bans on imports of North Korean food products, machinery, electrical equipment, wood, vessels, and earth and stone, such as magnesite and magnesia, Reuters reported.

If adopted, the resolution would also allow countries to seize, inspect and freeze vessels in their ports or waters that are suspected of transporting banned goods to and from the North.

It would also blacklist 19 North Korean individuals and the country’s Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces.

The council unanimously adopted two sets of sanctions following the North’s ICBM tests in July and its sixth nuclear test in September.



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