Thanks to UN ambassador Nikki Haley and the U.S. negotiating team, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose tough sanctions on North Korea.
In a big win for President Trump and his administration, the U.N. Security Council voted 15-0 on Saturday to impose tough new sanctions on North Korea.
President Trump celebrated the news on Saturday evening in a tweet, alluding to the fact that China and Russia have often abstained – or voted against – tough measures on North Korea. China and Russia voted with the U.S. this time.
The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea. China and Russia voted with us. Very big financial impact!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2017
Trump’s liaison to the U.N., former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), noted the sanctions will have an impact of “over $1 billion in hard currency” on the hermit nation.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) August 5, 2017
PolitiFact noted on Sunday that this claim is mostly true:
The resolution bans the country’s export of coal, iron, iron ore, seafood, lead and lead ore to other countries; freezes assets of certain entities and individuals; and prevents other nations from increasing the number of work permits to be issued to North Korean nationals. Overall, the sanctions could represent about $1 billion in costs to North Korea — but experts say that greatly depends on other nations’ full enforcement of the sanctions.
North Korea puffed out its chest on Monday, saying its response will be a “thousands-fold” revenge on the U.S.
Still, the new sanctions are one of the most significant tough measures taken against North Korea since President Trump took office in January.
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