Yesterday, the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to impose a new wave of sanctions on North Korea, targeting the country’s oil industry, and access to petroleum products.
This latest round of economic sanctions were imposed as a result of a recent intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test by the East Asian state, last month.
The resolution, drafted by the US, limits crude oil exports to North Korea to 4 million barrels per year. The council also threatened to impose harsher sanctions in the event of another nuclear or ICBM test.
“It sends the unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishments and isolation,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned.
US President Donald Trump subsequently praised the sanctions via Twitter – his preferred platform to communicate with Americans, and the international community.