UN Security Council adopts new North Korea sanctions

The UN Security Council has approved a resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programme.

The Security Council unanimously adopted on Saturday the US-led resolution, which bans mineral and seafood exports worth more than $1bn.

The measures would be the seventh set of UN sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first carried out a nuclear test in 2006.

Saturday's move comes after the North tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) last month, prompting the United States to lead a push at the United Nations for tougher sanctions. 

The tests raised further alarm about North Korea leader Kim Jong-un's drive to develop a missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, praised the new sanctions, telling council members after the vote that it is "the single largest economic package ever levelled against the North Korean regime." aljazeera.com