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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Votes For Sanctions On N. Korea

North Korea has threatened to start a uranium-enrichment program and weaponize all its plutonium in response to new UN sanctions, which Russia called an "appropriate response."

Pyongyang also threatened military action if Washington and its allies tried to isolate it.

The UN Security Council approved a resolution on Friday that banned all weapons exports from North Korea and most arms imports into the country. It authorized UN member states to inspect North Korean sea, air and land cargo, requiring them to seize and destroy shipped goods that violate the sanctions. The unanimous support for the resolution reflected international disapproval for North Korea's decision to conduct a nuclear test on May 25.

Russia and China, the North's closest allies, supported the resolution but stressed that it did not authorize the use of force against North Korea, a key demand by both countries. Diplomats said during the negotiations that both countries pushed to ensure that the measures do not hurt ordinary people in North Korea who face daily hardships.

Russia's UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, called the North's repeat nuclear test "a serious blow" to efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons. He said the resolution was "an appropriate response" targeted at the weapons programs.

(Reuters, AP)