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Afghanistan backs new sanctions on North Korea

Afghanistan backs new sanctions on North Korea

Sep 12, 2017 - 20:13

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Tuesday threw its weight behind new and stricter sanctions imposed on North Korea by the UN Security Council on Monday.

The UNSC unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution on Monday imposing new sanctions on North Korea following its sixth and largest nuclear test.

With backing from China and Russia, the council voted 15-0 on Monday to slap a ban on textile exports and restrict shipments of oil products to North Korea. The resolution is a watered-down version of the original US proposal. It does ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates.

A statement from the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Afghanistan hoped UNSC’s new resolution would result in preventing North Korea from violating UNSC’s earlier resolutions in terms of prohibiting the rogue state’s proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

The Afghanistan government once again emphasized that the increase in ballistic missiles tests and nuclear programmes threatened peace and security internationally and such acts should be shunned.

It is the ninth resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.