The U.N. approves tough new sanctions for North Korea which are welcomed by neighbours South Korea and Japan. Julie Noce reports.
3224 Members of the United Nations Security Council vote unanimously to impose harsh new sanctions on North Korea. The resolution comes after the North's latest nuclear test in January, and rocket launch last month. 4112 South Korean President Park Guen-hye welcomed the news. Our government will make efforts to make North Korea give up their nuclear programme, she said, and put an end to the tyranny of oppressing human rights. 4113 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe echoed the sentiments. file North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions since 2006 because of its four nuclear tests and multiple rocket launches. The sanctions are some of the most strict, and include bans on luxury goods like watches and recreational sports equipment. 3224 U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. AMBASSADOR SAMANTHA POWER, SAYING: "As the resolution that we have adopted today underscores virtually all of the DPRK's resources are channeled into its reckless and relentless pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. The North Korean government would rather grow its nuclear weapons program than grow its own children." 4110 Hours after the sanctions were announced, South Korean defense officials said the North had fired several short-range projectiles. It's unclear whether they were short-range missiles or artillery fire.