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UN Security Council imposes new sanctions on North Korea
The UN Security Council has imposed new sanctions on North Korea due to its continued nuclear and ballistic weapons programme. The latest ballistic missile launch on 28 November had caused a serious concern.

The UN News Centre informs that in the unanimously adopted resolution on December 22, the member states have been to prohibit the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of crude oil, refined petroleum products, and various types of equipment and raw materials to North Korea.

The Security Council has condemned the ballistic missile launch conducted by North Korea in the last week of November in 'violation and flagrant disregard of the Security Council's resolutions on non-proliferation'.

Also, the Security Council has authorised the Member States to seize, inspect, and impound any vessel in their ports if the Member State has reasonable grounds to believe that the vessel was involved in activities, or the transport of items, prohibited by relevant UN resolutions.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the continued unity of the Security to achieve the goal of denuclearisation and create the space for diplomatic initiatives aimed at achieving it in a peaceful manner' and urged for further work to reduce tensions.

"The only way forward for a comprehensive peaceful and political solution requires de-escalation and open communication channels, now," stated his issued statement.

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