U.N. Security Council slaps new sanctions on N. Korea

Sep 12, 2017, 5:42 AM EDT
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during a celebration for nuclear scientists and engineers.
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The U.N. Security Council imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday as the global community voted unanimously for restrictions designed to squeeze fuel supply and funds that power the reclusive state’s nuclear and missile programs.

While the U.S. sought a sweeping ban on the North’s oil imports, Pyongyang’s allies Russia and China came on board only after the measures were diluted, notes the BBC.

America’s Asian allies, Japan and South Korea, welcomed the new sanctions that ban the North’s profitable textile exports and cap its fuel supplies, writes Reuters. China, however, urged the U.S. to end an “endless loop” on the Korean peninsula by engaging diplomatically with the North