BBC: North Korea slapped with new UN sanctions

01:54, 12 September 2017
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China and Russia have joined a unanimous UN vote to impose new sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test, according to the BBC.

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The council voted 15-0 to back the U.S.-drafted sanctions resolution banning exports of coal, lead and seafood, the BBC said.

Pyongyang has claimed to have developed a hydrogen bomb and has continuously threatened to strike the US.

North Korea is already under UN sanctions to force the leadership to curtail its weapons programmes.

Read alsoMoscow analyst: Russia has made North Korea’s rocket program possibleThe new sanctions were agreed on Monday after the U.S. removed some of the tougher proposals it had announced last week, including a complete oil embargo and measures to freeze the assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

U.S. President Donald Trump had previously warned that the U.S. could cut off trade with countries that did business with North Korea.

In August, a new round of U.S. sanctions banned exports including coal, costing North Korea an estimated $1 billion – about a third of its entire export economy.

Both China and Russia had been pushing for an alternative solution.

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