Friday, June 12, 2009
The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1874 to tighten sanctions that will target North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs. The Security Council condemned the 25 May nuclear test conducted in “violation and flagrant disregard” of relevant Council resolutions, particularly 1695 (2006) and 1718 (2006). It also demanded that the DPRK “not conduct any further nuclear test or any launch using ballistic missile technology.”
The Security Council imposed a series of measures on the DPRK that encourage tougher inspections of cargo suspected of containing banned items related to the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile activities, a tighter arms embargo (with the exception of light weapons), and new financial restrictions.
The New York Times reports that China and Russia were heavily involved in drafting the Security Council resolution during the nearly three weeks since North Korea's May 25 underground nuclear test, but they resisted making the measures mandatory. The text of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1874 will be available here.