The United Nations (UN) dropped North Korea with increased penalties for continuing to test their nuclear missiles.
After Pyongyang ran their sixth and largest nuclear test ever, the UN dropped sanctions of bigger consequences to the country, BBC confirmed.
One of the new sanctions includes limiting North Korea in importing crude oil and oil products — supplied to them by their ally China — which is an attempt to restrict Kim Jong-in from gaining more fuel and income for their weaponry.
The U.N. also added a ban on textile exports, which is known as the second biggest export business of North Korea that is valued at $700 million per year. Aside from that, they also put restrictions on North Korea's overseas working force, which is expected to cut them down to less $500 million of tax revenues every year.
The vote to place these consequences to North Korea resulted from a unanimous vote from the U.N., which included their allies, Russia and China. The fact that North Korea's allies took part in the vote instead of using their status as permanent members of the UN's Security Council to veto it spoke volumes, New York Times reports.
When the increased sanctions were finalized last Monday, a foreign ministry spokesman from North Korea sent out a threat to the United States after pointing out that the White House is manipulating the Security Council over their "legitimate self-defensive measures."
"In case the U.S. eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful 'resolution' on harsher sanctions, the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) shall make absolutely sure that the U.S. pays due price," the spokesperson said in a statement according to KCNA, Reuters confirmed.
The U.S. originally lobbied for harsher penalties, such as an overall ban on oil imports, an asset freeze and travel ban for Kim Jong-un, and a total ban on North Korea's overseas workers.