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UN introduces the strictest sanctions so far against North Korea

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe UN Security Council’s resolution adopted on Wednesday, 2 March, in regards to strengthening of sanctions against North Korea is an adequate response to North Korea’s provocations and refusal to comply with international law.

This decision provides a clear and strict signal to North Korea – that breach of international law results in serious consequences, notes Latvia’s Defence Ministry.

In accordance with sanctions, countries are obligated to check all cargoes going to and from North Korea. The resolution also states trade restrictions and prohibits entry to ports for ships that may illegally carry goods to North Korea. Sanctions also apply to exports of coal, iron, iron ore, gold, titanium and rare minerals from North Korea and supplies of aviation fuel and rocket fuel to this country. Reuters reports that North Korea’s armed forces fired off several shots in the sea on 3 March after UN’s announcement of new sanctions. South Korea’s Defence Ministry reports that experts are currently trying to determine whether the shots fired from North Korea’s eastern coast were missiles or artillery shells.

This decision by the UN Security Council was a result of North Korea’s nuclear test carried out on 6 January and test launch of a long-distance missile on 7 February, which was a clear breach of multiple resolutions of the UN Security Council. Latvia condemns North Korea’s irresponsible and provocative behaviour that only serves to create tension in the region and put at risk international security, adds Defence Ministry.

United efforts of the international community are especially important now in order to stop the development of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programme. Latvia’s Defence Ministry supports the proposal to restart a dialogue with North Korea in regards to its nuclear programme.

North Korea had previously carried out nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013. In 2012, North Korea carried out a test launch of a ballistic missile.

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