UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed Friday to impose another round of sanctions on North Korea, targeting sectors that fuel its illicit weapons programs.
As we have in the past, we will continue to match the Kim regime's choice of aggressive actions with actions of international sanction, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The new resolution builds on three earlier rounds of tough sanctions imposed on Pyongyang this year.
If fully implemented, it will cap North Korea's annual import of refined petroleum products, such as gasoline and diesel, at a half-million barrels down from 4.5 million in 2016. Exemptions would only be allowed on a case-by-case basis with Security Council approval.
North Korean workers, wages
The measures also seek to cut off revenue from North Korean laborers sent abroad to work.
Their wages are often partially or completely confiscated by the regime to fund its illicit programs. Under the new resolution, all North Korean laborers must return home within two years.
The United States, which drafted the text, estimates that 50,000-80,000 North Koreans work in China and about 30,000 more in Russia.
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Friday, The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 in favor of additional Sanctions on North Korea. The World wants Peace, not Death!
Source: Voice of America