UN Security Council approves toughest North Korea sanctions
The 15-member council agreed to impose a new set of sanctions against Pyongyang that are expected to cut one-third of North Korea's export revenue in response to two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.
The sanctions, brought in response to Pyongyang's two most recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests, aim to hit the country's exports and hard currency by stepping up existing restrictions on coal, iron and iron ore exports to a full ban, as well as prohibiting exports of lead, lead ore, and seafood.
US President Donald Trump commended the UN council on passing the sanctions, the White House said late Saturday in a statement.
"The President appreciates China's and Russia's cooperation in securing passage of this resolution," the statement said, noting Trump "will continue working with allies and partners to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea."
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on all parties to return to the negotiating table, saying that while sanctions were "necessary" after Pyongyang's missile tests in July, they were "not the ultimate purpose".
"Our purpose is to bring all parties involved in the nuclear issues back to the negotiating table, finding the resolutions through talks to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Wang said Sunday on the sidelines of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings in Manila. ■