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

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment More Dems come out in public opposition to Kavanaugh 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) HaleyNikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story Nikki Haley on Kavanaugh firestorm: 'It turns my stomach' Melania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet MORE said the sanctions send "the unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishments and isolation." 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE also praised the move in a tweet on Friday.