“Taken together, these sanctions will bite and bite hard,” said the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice. “They increase North Korea's isolation and raise the cost to North Korea's leaders of defying the international community.”
The new sanctions aim to block financial transactions in support of illicit North Korean activities such as illegal weapons sales, crack down on bulk cash transfers and further restrict ties to North Korea’s financial sector. They were adopted in response to North Korea's third nuclear test last month.
Kim Jong Un's regime responded by threatening a preemptive nuclear strike against the U.S.
Read more on The Hill's Global Affairs blog.