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UN strengthens North Korea sanctions over nuke test

The United Nations Security Council votes unanimously to tighten sanctions against North Korea following its most recent nuclear test, placing a cap on Pyongyang’s coal exports to China.

South Korean soldiers watch a television broadcast reporting on North Korea's latest nuclear test, at a railway station in Seoul on September 9, 2016. (AFP Photo/Yonhap/STR)
South Korean soldiers watch a television broadcast reporting on North Korea’s latest nuclear test, at a railway station in Seoul on September 9, 2016. (AFP Photo/Yonhap/STR)

The new sanctions resolution, spearheaded by the United States and coming after three months of tough negotiations with fellow veto-wielding council member China, passes by a 15-0 vote. It condemns “in the strongest terms” North Korea’s test on September 9.

The resolution aims to curb North Korea’s coal exports — the top external revenue source for the impoverished state — by more than 60 percent, says a US official.

— AFP

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