North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile toward the east from the Sunan area in North Korea, South Korean officials said Friday.
The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea on Monday -- a move that came just one week after the rogue nation carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test.
The resolution is designed to accomplish six major goals: cap North Korea's oil imports, ban textile exports, end additional overseas laborer contracts, suppress smuggling efforts, stop joint ventures with other nations and sanction designated North Korean government entities, according to a US official familiar with negotiations.
-quot;Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea, and today the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves,-quot; US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said following the vote Monday.
-quot;We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing, we are now trying to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing,-quot; she added.
Although the new sanctions are the harshest yet, they could have been a lot tougher. A full oil import ban and sanctions on Kim Jong Un himself were dropped at the last minute, in a possible attempt by the US to gain the support of Russia and China.
As of Tuesday afternoon in Pyongyang, most North Koreans had not been informed about the new sanctions, according to CNN's Will Ripley, who is in the North Korean capital.
However, North Korean officials told CNN that increased pressure from the US could mean Washington faces -quot;a very strong response, with unbearable consequences.-quot;
-quot;Hostile sanctions are like a delusion tantamount to expecting foolishly that the ocean would dry up,-quot; one official told CNN, while emphasizing that the government had not yet released an official response.
-quot;As long we have a very powerful nuclear arsenal, we can ensure the security and peace of the homeland and its people,-quot; the official added.
The news came as South Korea conducted its latest live fire drills with the US military on Tuesday, in a display of military might featuring tanks and helicopters.
If South Korean President Moon Jae-in has one thing in common with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, it"s that neither were expected to be in the positions they currently hold.
YouTube has caused an outcry by shutting down North Korean propaganda channels that were used by researchers to better understand the secretive nation.
President Donald Trump and congressional lawmakers signaled on Tuesday that more steps need to be taken to rein in North Korea"s rapidly developing nuclear program despite the United Nations Security Council"s unanimous vote to pass additional sanctions on the rogue nation.
The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea on Monday -- a move that comes just one week after the rogue nation carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test.
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President Donald Trump stepped back from the possibility of imminent military action against North Korea on Thursday, saying such an event is neither inevitable nor preferable.