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Will the UN’s new sanctions get North Korea to stop their nuclear weapons program?

Screenshot from AFP news agency's YouTube video: UN Security Council unanimously backs new sanctions on N.Korea

Friday, the United Nations Security Council voted 15-0 on a resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea, in response to their latest missile test. The sanctions will cap North Korea’s crude oil imports at 4 million barrels a year, and limit its imports of refined oil products, including diesel and kerosene, to 500,000 barrels a year. This amounts to around a 90 percent cut to North Korea’s imported fuels. In addition, it also prohibits the export of food products, machinery, electrical equipment, earth and stones, wood, and vessels from North Korea. Countries are also prohibited from exporting industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to the country.

The United States wrote the resolution and it is reported that they negotiated it with China before giving the final draft to the rest of the Security Council. CBS News reports that U. S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “It sends the unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishment and isolation.” With this vote by the Security Council, a question comes to mind. Will these new sanctions finally get North Korea to stop their nuclear weapons program?

AFP news agency showing the United Nations Security Council vote on sanctions against North Korea:

The Issue

Will the U.N.’s new sanctions get North Korea to stop their nuclear weapons program? Will the new sanctions deny North Korea what it needs to continue the program? Or, has North Korea proven that they do not care about the effects of any sanctions that are placed on them?

Page 2: Arguments that the sanctions will get North Korea to stop

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