The U.N. Security Council unanimously condemned North Korea’s December rocket launch and expanded existing U.N. sanctions, and Pyongyang reacted with a vow to boost the North’s military and nuclear capabilities.
While the resolution approved by the 15-nation council on Tuesday does not impose new sanctions on Pyongyang, diplomats said Beijing’s support for it was a significant diplomatic blow to Pyongyang.
The resolution said the council “deplores the violations” by North Korea of its previous resolutions, which banned Pyongyang from conducting further ballistic missile and nuclear tests and from importing materials and technology for those programs.
It also said the council “expresses its determination to take significant action in the event of a further DPRK (North Korean) launch or nuclear test”.
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