New sanctions imposed on North Korea over nuclear arms

New sanctions have been imposed on North Korea over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

The Security Council unanimously adopted the US-led resolution, which bans mineral and seafood exports worth more than $1 billion. This follows the testing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles by North Korea last month.

China Correspondent, Steve Vines says North Korea has a history of ignoring these sanctions by the Security Council.

What we have now is a unanimous resolution from the security council and it looks like something much more serious than we've had before.

Steve Vines, EWN correspondent

Vines says that what scares everybody is that no one really knows how far the nuclear programs has advanced, all they know is that North Korea has the capability of launching these missiles at a faster and longer rate and that in itself is significant.

Nobody is really expecting these sanctions to do the trick overnight.

Steve Vines, EWN correspondent

North Korea on Monday condemned and rejected the sanctions imposed on it, saying it would not negotiate over nuclear arms while threatened by the US.

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