The United Nations Security Council came to a unanimous agreement on new sanctions to be imposed on North Korea on Monday. These new sanctions come as a direct result of North Korea’s largest nuclear test to date, executed on September 3rd, that appeared to indicate that Kim Jong un’s regime now has the ability to produce extremely powerful hydrogen bombs.
Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea, and today the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves,” U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said after the vote Monday. “We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing, we are now trying to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing,” she added.
The new sanctions, championed by the United States, will ban North Korea’s textile exports, an important source of income for the North Korean economy, and will cap fuel supplies heading into the reclusive state. Although this resolution represents the tightest fiscal chokehold imposed on North Korea to date, it is the ninth such resolution to pass a Security Council vote.
We don’t take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today. We are not looking for war,” Nikki Haley told the council. “The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return. If it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future … If North Korea continues its dangerous path, we will continue with further pressure.”
Haley went on to credit the “strong relationship” President Donald Trump has cultivated with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the successful negotiation of this new resolution that many thought could potentially be rebuked by China or another vocal opponent of U.S. sanctions on North Korea, Russia.