South Korea called the United Nations Security Council to expand new sanctions against North Korea in a reaction to the country’s test of a nuclear bomb and its launch of a satellite into orbit this year.
The council is due to vote on a US-drafted resolution, backed by China, that takes aim at North Korea's banned nuclear and ballistic missile programs by cutting off sources of hard currency and access to material.
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se suggested to set vote on new sanctions on North Korea at the UN-backed conference after North Korea's recent nuclear test and satellite launch.
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"This is a clear manifestation of the resolve of the international community to punish North Korea's provocations once and for all," Yun told the Geneva forum.
North Korea has been under UN sanctions since 2006.
The resolution would require countries to take the unprecedented step of inspecting all cargo to and from North Korea, impose trade restrictions and bar vessels suspected of carrying illegal goods for North Korea from ports.
It also provides for a ban on exports of coal, iron and iron ore, gold, titanium and rare earth minerals from North Korea, and prohibits the supply of aviation fuel including rocket fuel to the reclusive country.