News / Asia

South Korea to Implement New UN Sanctions Against North

VOA News
South Korea on Thursday confirmed it would implement expanded United Nations sanctions on North Korea, despite dire warnings from Pyongyang about the consequences.

The country's finance ministry said restrictions on the six parties named in the new resolution will go into effect next week. It said there was never any doubt that Seoul, which had pushed for even harsher sanctions, would implement the U.N. measures.

The sanctions, affecting an additional six North Korean organizations, were ordered last month in response to the North's long-range rocket launch in December. North Korea promptly condemned the act threatened South Korea with unspecified dire consequences if it implemented the new measures. Pyongyang also declared that a 2005 document on North Korea's nuclear disarmament is void and threatened to carry out another nuclear test.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called on Pyongyang to abide by all the relevant U.N. resolutions as well as the joint statement on denuclearization, signed in 2005 by six parties including North Korea. Speaking to a small group of U.N.- based correspondents in his office, Mr. Ban urged the communist country to avoid any actions that could increase tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The U.N. chief said he had discussed North Korea's nuclear threat with "key countries." The United States, Russia, China, Japan and South Korea are involved in the talks with North Korea on closing its nuclear programs in exchange for aid and energy.

North Korea abandoned those talks in 2009 to protest international condemnation of its long-range missile tests.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

You May Like

Obama: I Will Do 'Everything I Can' to Close Guantanamo

US president says prison continues 'to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world' More

Sierra Leone Educates on Safe Ebola Burials

Also, country is improving at rapid response to isolated outbreaks, but health workers need to be even faster, officials say More

Christmas Gains Popularity in Vietnam

Increasingly wealthy Vietnamese embrace holiday due to its non-religious glamor, commercial appeal More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
February 08, 2013 1:31 AM
I think South Korea should study the situation as to how best respond, by setting up an open commission, and get inputs from the SKorean population, to get some thinking time; concurrently it should greatly improve and harden its critical infrastructure, up to 60 Km south of the DMZ at least, if not more. At the present moment, the capital of SKorea is in easy range of conventional artillery, and other weapons; it is foolish to press your luck with a very reactionary thinking/unstable mindset of the NKorean leadership, until your civil defense orgs/structures are in good order. NKorea is very unpredictable.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubansi
X
Sharon Behn
December 19, 2014 9:34 PM
For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.
Video

Video Cuba Deal is Major Victory for Pope’s Diplomatic Initiatives

Pope Francis played a key role in brokering the US-Cuba deal that was made public earlier this week. It is the most stunning success so far in a series of peacemaking efforts by the pontiff. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.

All About America

AppleAndroid