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UN 5 Aug. /TASS/. The UN Security Council on Saturday has tightened sanctions against the DPRK for conducting the country’s missile tests. The corresponding resolution was supported by all 15 member States of the security Council, including Russia and China.
The document in particular stipulates a ban on the export from the DPRK of a number of minerals and products, including coal, iron, lead, and seafood. The countries that have already signed such contracts must terminate the import of purchased resources and products within 30 days from the date of adoption of the document.
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The resolution also established a ban on the creation of new joint ventures (JV) with North Korea, and additional investment in existing JV. In addition, in accordance with the document, the countries, which employ North Korean workers are prohibited from increasing their number. The document also obliges States not to allow its ports a vessel engaged by the special Committee of the UN security Council in violation of the sanctions regime. The exception would be the “absolutely necessary”.
The sanctions include targeted measures against 13 individuals and companies related to nuclear and missile programs of Pyongyang. As reported previously, the Agency Reuters, according to estimates by the American side, the full implementation of the new restrictions will reduce the annual foreign exchange earnings in Pyongyang, components now about $3 billion, $1 billion.
Russia has repeatedly warned against the imposition of overly strict restrictions against North Korea, stressing that they should not lead to strangulation of the country and its people. Adopted on Saturday a resolution notes that under its action “is not intended to have adverse humanitarian consequences for the civilian population of the DPRK.”
The situation on the Korean Peninsula remains extremely tense on the background of active development of missile programs of North Korea: in July, North Korea conducted two launches of ballistic missiles “And 14”, announcing the successful test of an Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The US government also said that, according to them, North Korea tested ICBM, however, according to the defense Ministry, the characteristics of the test corresponded to a ballistic missile of average range. Adopted on Saturday a resolution to this controversial issue side-stepped. In “the strongest terms” condemned the DPRK held “ballistic missiles”, with the clarification that the North Korean authorities themselves described them as Intercontinental.