North Korea launch ends in sanctions

    Susan E. Rice, United States permanent representative to the United Nations, presides a Security Council meeting on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The country will face new sanctions due to North Korea's recent launch attempt. Photo by: JC McIlwaine / UN

    Pyongyang has not only earned embarrassment over its failed satellite launch, but also new sanctions.

    On Monday (April 16), the U.N. Security Council “unanimously adopted” a presidential statement that strongly condemns North Korea’s recent launch attempt — regardless of whether it is a satellite, rocket or space launch.

    The statement also called for new sanctions on the reclusive Asian nation, including an asset freeze on additional North Korean companies as well as the ban on additional “proliferation-sensitive technology” to and from North Korea. The council, currently headed by the United States, will also tighten the enforcement of existing sanctions.

    The council has demanded Pyongyang to follow through on its commitments under previous Security Council resolutions. This includes U.N. Security Council resolution 1874, which requires the country to stop any nuclear tests or launches using ballistic missile technology. It also calls on North Korea to not conduct further launches or “provocations.”

    Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said North Korea is in danger of following up its recent launch with a nuclear test, which the reclusive country did in 2006 and 2009.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.