Dem senator: New North Korea sanctions a 'major accomplishment' for US

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinCommunity development impact remains clear with NMTC post-tax reform Dem sen: ‘Difficult to understand’ Trump’s treatment of allies Dem sen: No military option in North Korea ‘without extreme risks’ MORE (D-Md.) on Sunday praised new United Nations (U.N.) sanctions against North Korea, saying the vote marked a major accomplishment for the U.S. 

"That was a good move. That was a major accomplishment. I give our team a lot of credit for getting that done. They're pretty strong additional sanctions to be imposed against North Korea because of their continued testing of ballistic missiles," Cardin, who is the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

"That was absolutely a strong move forward and it was great to see China and Russia join us on that," he continued. 

"It now needs to be followed up with diplomacy where we get China and the United States working with the same strategy with North Korea to find a way that we can ease the tensions and get North Korea to change directions. So it's a good first step," he said. 

Cardin's comments come after all 15 members of the U.N. Security Council voted on Friday to impose new sanctions on North Korea aimed at weakening the country's economy. 

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyRaces to watch in Tuesday’s primaries In Syria, Trump travel ban case is being watched closely Cheer the US exit from UN Human Rights Council — but demand more MORE said the sanctions send "the unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishments and isolation." 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Fallon responds to Trump: I'll donate to pro-immigrant nonprofit in his name South Carolina GOP candidate expected to make full recovery after car accident Official: US to present North Korea with timeline, 'specific asks' MORE also praised the move in a tweet on Friday.