NZ welcomes stronger sanctions on North Korea

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump

North Korea's envoy to the United Nations has warned "forthcoming measures" will "make the USA suffer the greatest pain" it has ever experienced.

"My delegation condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the latest illegal and unlawful U.N. Security Council resolution", North Korean Ambassador Han Tae Song told the U.N. -sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, according to Reuters.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement that the unanimous adoption of the sanctions showed the global community is "united against the illegal and reckless acts by the North Korean regime".

"Instead of making [the] right choice with rational analysis. the Washington regime finally opted for political, economic and military confrontation, obsessed with the wild dream of reversing the DPRK's development of nuclear force - which has already reached the completion phase".

"My hope is the regime will hear the message loud and clear and it will choose a different path", Wood said. It capped North Korea's oil exports, banned textile exports and prohibited countries worldwide from providing new work permits to North Korean workers.

The UNSC also put a cap on the regime's imports of refined oil products, including gasoline, diesel and fuel oil, at 2 million barrels a year.

Russian Federation and China have also expressed concern about the humanitarian impact of strengthening sanctions on North Korea.

Ms Haley noted the council was meeting on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

"Any sanctions you impose on a country like North Korea, the first people to suffer will be the people - it's a trickle-up kind of scenario", said Roh.

North Korea today vowed to accelerate its weapons programme in response to the "evil" sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council after its latest and most powerful test.

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"If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future. if North Korea continues its risky path, we will continue with further pressure", said Haley, who credited a "strong relationship" between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping for the successful resolution negotiations.

The US-drafted resolution was passed unanimously on Monday, just one month after the Security Council made a decision to ban exports of coal, lead and seafood in response to Pyongyang's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that appeared to bring much of the US mainland into range.



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