New Sanctions for North Korea

Just as South Korea was bracing for another missile test from its neighbor, the U.N. Security Council has approved a set of strict of rules on North Korea's nuclear program. The new provisions include: cutting all financial support for the North Korean military; a complete arms export ban and comprehensive import ban; and a condemnation of all past (and future) nuclear tests. It will also now be fair game to inspect planes and cargo vessels for nuclear weapons. And though North Korea has been resistant to sanctions in the past, the Security Council hopes that the harsh new rules will send a sobering message to other nations like Iran. But the goal is clear: "The measures in this resolution are targeted very precisely at the nuclear and missile and weapons of mass destruction programs of North Korea," Ambassador Philip Parham said.