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New UN North Korea sanctions

The UN Security Council has voted to tighten financial restrictions on North Korea after it carried out a third nuclear test and breached other trade sanctions. Pyongyang had vowed preemptive nuclear strikes against the US if the vote had been passed

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UN chief asks N Korea to refrain from 'bellicose rhetoric'

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has welcomed the adoption of more stringent sanctions against North Korea by the Security Council.

A spokesman for the Secretary General said: "Acting unanimously and agreeing on effective and credible measures, the Security Council has sent an unequivocal message to the DPRK that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons and related acts."

He also said Mr Ban remains "deeply concerned" about tensions in the region and called on North Korea to "refrain from any further destabilizing steps or bellicose rhetoric"

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