U.N. Tightens Screws on North Korea After Recent Missile Launch

UNITED NATIONS—The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to slash the amount of crude oil and refined petroleum North Korea may import, dealing a serious blow to Pyongyang in response to its latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch on Nov. 29.

The resolution represents a decision by the world body to cripple North Korea’s import of crude oil, amounting to a nearly 90% ban on oil and refined petroleum, which the Council has said are vital to Pyongyang’s military and nuclear programs.

The resolution caps crude oil imports at 4 million barrels a year and limits access to refined oil products, including diesel and kerosene, to 500,000 barrels a year.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called the North Korean regime “evil” in an address to the Council, and said that as long as the government of

Kim Jong Un

continues to defy the international community, it will continue to face punishment.

“For the international community, this is an unprecedented challenge from a defiant state,” said Ms. Haley.

The Security Council resolution also calls for countries in 24 months to expel all North Koreans who work abroad, and demands that countries seize and impound ships caught smuggling goods for North Korea.

The U.S. recently has identified 10 vessels that have been aiding North Korea in evading sanctions and asked the Security Council’s sanctions committee to blacklist them.

Member states are required to inform the U.N.’s sanctions committee quarterly about the amount of crude oil provided to North Korea.

The resolution also puts a blanket ban on the remaining export of goods including food products and agriculture, minerals and machinery and electrical equipment, cutting off an additional $200 million of the regime’s revenues.

The U.S. has recently identified 10 vessels that have been aiding North Korea in evading sanctions and asked the sanctions committee to blacklist them. Diplomats said China has asked for a deadline until Dec. 28 for the blacklist to go into effect.

Sixteen new individuals and one entity linked to financing and development of Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missiles are embargoed.

“I hope finally they [North Korea] get the message and change course. There is an alternative course available to them,” U.K. Ambassador

Matthew Rycroft


Write to Farnaz Fassihi at farnaz.fassihi@wsj.com

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