The United Nations Security Council voted Friday to impose new sanctions on North Korea following its most recent intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.
The sanctions, unanimously approved by the body, are aimed at significantly weakening the isolated country’s economy.
The resolution looks to block nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum product exports to the country while ensuring the return of North Korean citizens working abroad within 24 months.
“It sends the unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishments and isolation,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyHaley: ‘Open question’ if US athletes will attend Olympics amid North Korea tensions Haley: Trump isn’t deciding who controls east Jerusalem Emergency UN Security Council meeting called after Trump’s Jerusalem announcement: report MORE said after the vote.
The sanctions come amid rising tensions between Pyongyang and the international community.