South Korea and Japan Join UN in Against North Korean Nuclear Program

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South Korea and Japan have joined the United Nations to penalize North Korea for its nuclear testing programs.

On Friday, officials from both countries announced sanctions imposed in response to North Korea’s threat to retaliate against new UN sanctions announced Wednesday.

On September 9, North Korea tested a nuclear device, triggering UN action. Russia and China (North Korea’s primary trade relation) both support the UN’s decision.

The sanctions from South Korea and Japan are primarily symbolic, as the two nations have almost no trade relationship with North Korea due to existing sanctions.

South Korea has now completely banned financial relations with North Korea.

Japan said that they will halt any ships traveling to North Korea from Japanese ports as well as freeze the financial holdings of any individuals or groups with connections to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea’s vice foreign minister Han Song Ryol addressed foreign diplomats in Pyongyang, the nation’s capital, calling the new UN sanctions “an abuse of power” and a violation of the country’s “right to self-defense,” according to the Associated Press.

On Wednesday, the UN Security Council unanimously approved sanctions from various UN nations, mainly aiming to hurt North Korea’s coal exports. Coal being the main source of the country’s income.

United States State Department spokesman Mark Toner believes that the new sanctions will slash North Korea’s coal exports by over 60 percent.

Toner noted that “[n]one of these sanctions are directed” at the people of North Korea, “nor do we seek to punish the people of North Korea” who “are long-suffering under the current regime.”

He wants to make clear that the new sanctions are meant to hold the ruling class of North Korea responsible for the breach in UN protocol.

About Jessica Paek

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