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Saturday, October 14, 2006

UN Security Council imposes sanctions on North Korea after nuclear test
Alexis Unkovic at 4:02 PM ET

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] Saturday voted to impose sanctions [UN news report; recorded video] on North Korea (DPRK) [JURIST news archive] in response to the country's reported underground nuclear test [JURIST report] on October 9. The resolution [text and explanatory statements] passed unanimously in a 15-0 vote and imposed enforcement measures in accord with Chapter VII of the UN Charter [text]. It adopts many of the measures proposed by US officials [JURIST report] earlier this week, most notably condemning the nuclear test, imposing economic sanctions, and calling on North Korea to destroy its nuclear weapons. At the insistence of Russian and Chinese officials, however, the resolution rejects the possibility of military action against the DPRK.

North Korea's UN ambassador Pak Gil Yon sharply criticized passage of the resolution Saturday and said North Korea would reject it [recorded video]. AP has more.

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