UN Security Council Adopts New North Korea Sanctions

Security Council votes unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea, including banning $1bn in exports. 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. “Today the full Security Council has come together to put the North Korean dictator on notice,” Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said after the vote. “And this time, the council has matched its actions and words.” The resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working abroad, bans new joint ventures with...

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UN Imposes Arms Embargo on Yemen Rebels

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution on Yemen, imposing an arms embargo on the Houthi rebels. The 15-member council passed the resolution on Tuesday, with 14 countries voting in favour while one – Russia – abstained. Russia, one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, said the embargo should have been imposed on the whole country. Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s envoy to the UN, said the resolution was not fully in line with the requirements which were put forward to the international community. “The adopted resolution should not be used for further escalation of the armed conflict which could have the most difficult consequences for Yemen itself as well as the whole region,” said Churkin. “There is no alternative to a political solution to the conflict in Yemen.” He said Russia’s “constructive proposals” were not taken into account during the drafting of the agreement. Samantha Power, US...

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Ambassador Rice Asked the NSA to Spy on UN Security Council Members

By David Harris Gershon, Daily Kos – Charlie Savage at The New York Times has just revealed that in 2010, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, directly enlisted the NSA to spy on member nations before an Iran sanctions vote. In May 2010, when the United Nations Security Council was weighing sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, several members were undecided about how they would vote. The American ambassador to the United Nations, Susan E. Rice, asked the National Security Agency for help “so that she could develop a strategy,” a leaked agency document shows. The N.S.A. swiftly went to work, developing the paperwork to obtain legal approval for spying on diplomats from four Security Council members — Bosnia, Gabon, Nigeria and Uganda — whose embassies and missions were not already under surveillance. The following month, 12 members of the 15-seat Security Council voted to approve new sanctions, with Lebanon abstaining...

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