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UN approves additional sanctions on North Korea

  • December 1, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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20161201 morning1All papers wrote from New York that the UN Security Council unanimously adopted on Wednesday a resolution to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, explaining that the volume of its coal exports will be severely restricted as punishment for its fifth nuclear test in early September. The sanctions resolution also calls for an all-out ban on other DPRK mineral exports, including silver, bronze, and nickel. As a result, North Korea is expected to lose as much as 25% of its annual income, or $800 million. The papers said China continues to hold the key to the effective enforcement of the latest punitive measures, as it still insists that the UN sanctions “must not undermine what is necessary for the daily lives of the North Korean people.” 

 

Prime Minister Abe issued a statement on the adoption in which he said: “The international community has made it clear that it will to take a stern new approach that is completely different from the current one…. We will coordinate closely with the relevant parties to ensure its effectiveness.” According to Yomiuri and Sankei, the Japanese government plans to impose stricter unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang, focusing on expanding the scope of individuals prohibited from reentering Japan after traveling to North Korea. A decision on the unilateral sanctions will be made tomorrow.

 

Kyodo reported that the chief representatives to the Six Party Talks from Japan and the United States are likely to visit Seoul later this month for trilateral consultations on how to enhance coordination in deterring North Korea from carrying out additional provocations.

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