President Trump said the world was looking for “Peace, not Death” as he addressed the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous decision Friday to implement stricter sanctions upon a nuclear-armed North Korea.
“The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 in favor of additional Sanctions on North Korea,” Trump tweeted Friday afternoon. “The World wants Peace, not Death!”
The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 in favor of additional Sanctions on North Korea. The World wants Peace, not Death!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2017
The sanctions were agreed upon in response to Pyongyang’s latest launch of a ballistic missile
The new sanctions will slash limits on North Korea’s oil imports, require North Koreans working abroad to return to North Korea within 24 months to deprive the nation of foreign currency, and crack down on North Korea’s exports.
Pyongyang launched its seventh missile test late last month and claimed the test used a new type of ballistic missile. Experts were concerned that the test demonstrated an increasing capability of striking the entire U.S. mainland.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley slammed Pyongyang’s decision to launch another test.
“This was another attempt by the Kim regime to masquerade as a great power, while their people starve and their soldiers defect,” Haley said. “But for the international community, this is an unprecedented challenge from a defiant state. So we have leveled an unprecedented response.”
The resolution approved Friday did not include even harsher sanctions the Trump administration attempted to include, such as barring all oil imports and freezing the assets North Korea’s government and those of Kim Jong Un, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s leader.
But Haley warned that even harsher sanctions would be implemented if another test was executed.
“Should the North Korean regime conduct another nuclear or ballistic missile test, this resolution commits the Security Council to take even further action,” she added. “It sends the unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishment and isolation.”