The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a new round of sanctions against North Korea on Friday, described as the “toughest yet.” The sanctions are targeted at North Korea’s most recent missile test. China and Russia both voted in favor, despite resisting other proposals.
The new sanctions include further restrictions on how much refined oil North Korea can import, and most importantly a global ban on North Koreans being outside of North Korea, giving the North Koreans 12 months to get back into North Korea.
It’s not clear how this will work, as it’s clearly not meant to apply to defectors from North Korea, but rather to prevent ever working overseas. This was far short of what President Trump was pushing, however.
President Trump had sought the seizure of all North Korean assets held abroad, and also a full-scale ban on oil being imported into the country. China and Russia both rejected this idea, however, with Russia selling oil to North Korea, and Chinese holding much of the assets.
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