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UN tightens DPRK sanctions

By Associated Press

UN tightens DPRK sanctions
People watch a television news report, showing file footage of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un, at a railway station in Seoul on Sept 9, 2016. The DPRK claimed on Sept 9 it has successfully tested a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a missile. (Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council has voted to tighten sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in response to its fifth and largest nuclear test.

Diplomats called the sanctions resolution, approved unanimously on Wednesday, a significant step forward

The council unanimously approved the sanctions resolution on Wednesday with diplomats calling it a significant step forward.

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The new sanctions target the DPRK’s hard currency revenues by placing a cap on coal exports, cutting them by at least 62 percent.

Diplomats said the new sanctions further clarify that the "livelihood" exemption, which allowed the Chinese imports, is meant only to protect the livelihoods of those currently living inside the DPRK, not Chinese people or companies doing business with the country.

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The DPRK conducted its most recent atomic test in September, defying both tough international sanctions and long-standing diplomatic pressure to curb its nuclear ambitions.

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