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

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinProposed bipartisan kidney legislation takes on kidney disease epidemic in America Lawmakers raise security concerns about China building NYC subway cars House votes to boost retirement savings 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."

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"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) HaleyFederal watchdog recommends Conway be removed from role for Hatch Act violations Federal watchdog recommends Conway be removed from role for Hatch Act violations Pavlich: Debunking common smear against pro-life movement MORE said the sanctions send "the unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishments and isolation." 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE also praised the move in a tweet on Friday.