Trump: 'Fake news media' not covering UN sanctions vote on North Korea

Trump: 'Fake news media' not covering UN sanctions vote on North Korea
© Greg Nash

President Trump on Monday slammed the "fake news media" for failing to report on this weekend's United Nations resolution to sanction North Korea, despite widespread coverage of the vote.

"The Fake News Media will not talk about the importance of the United Nations Security Council's 15-0 vote in favor of sanctions on N. Korea!" Trump tweeted.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed the resolution Saturday, which will slap new sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for its repeated ballistic missile testing and continued efforts to develop nuclear weapons. The penalties will largely target its major exports like coal, iron and seafood, and could possibly lead to a billion-dollar financial hit. 

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While Trump's tweet claims the "fake news media" did not cover the vote, almost every major news outlet reported at least one story on the North Korea decision.

At the time of Trump's tweet, North Korea remained one of Google News's top stories. 

The Security Council vote comes after North Korea conducted two recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles, which analysts warn could be capable of reaching parts of the United States.

Trump was largely critical of the U.N. on the campaign trail, accusing it of causing problems rather than fixing them; however, he praised it after the vote on Saturday for supporting the new measure against Pyongyang.

"The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea. China and Russia voted with us. Very big financial impact!" Trump tweeted on Saturday.

"United Nations Resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever on North Korea. Over one billion dollars in cost to [North Korea]," he wrote.

North Korea threatened Monday to use nuclear weapons against the U.S. if it is provoked militarily, adding that its nuclear weapons program is not up for negotiation, The Wall Street Journal reported.