Security Council adopts new sanctions on North Korea (Lead)

June 13th, 2009 - 12:09 am ICT by IANS  

New York, June 12 (DPA) The UN Security Council voted unanimously Friday to authorise sanctions against North Korea for carrying out nuclear test.
The sanctions included for the first time interdiction by air and sea of cargo to and from North Korea that violates the UN embargo on weapons and nuclear materials. The council’s five permament members - the US, Russia, China, France and Britain - supported the measure.

The US called the new sanctions a strong measure against the Pyongyang regime. China, which has opposed interdiction in the past but voted Friday in favour, called for “prudence” in carrying out the interdiction measure because it is difficult and complex to implement.

The sanctions are in addition to a set of measures already put in place by the 15-nation panel in 2006 when North Korea exploded its first nuclear bomb. It exploded the second one May 25.

The new proposal calls on all states to inspect “all cargo to and from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in their territory, including seaports and airports, if the state concerned has information that provides reasonable grounds to believe the cargo contains items” that are under embargo.

The inspection of vessels can be carried out on the high seas, with the consent of the vessels’ flag state and in accordance with international law.

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