South Korea, Japan Join United Nations in Punishing North Korea
South Korea and Japan are adding to recent international punishment against North Korea for its nuclear testing programs.
Japanese and South Korean officials announced the sanctions Friday. They are in response to North Korea's threat to strike back against new United Nations sanctions announced earlier.
The United Nations announced new sanctions against North Korea on Wednesday. The punishments came in response to North Korea's test of a nuclear device on September 9. China, North Korea's main trading partner, and Russia agreed to the U.N. action.
North Korea's vice foreign minister Han Song Ryol spoke to foreign diplomats in the nation's capital, Pyongyang.
He said the new U.N. sanctions are "an abuse of power" and violate his country's "right to self-defense," according to the Associated Press.
Earlier, North Korea warned it will respond to the UN sanctions. It did not say what the response would be.
The sanctions announced Friday by Japan and Korea are mostly symbolic. Trade between the two nations and North Korea is largely non-existent because of sanctions already in place.
South Korea's new sanctions ban North Korea from engaging in financial dealings with top aides to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Japanese officials said Friday they will bar ships that have traveled to North Korea from using Japanese ports.
Japan said it will also freeze holdings of groups and individuals connected to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
On Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council approved new sanctions without any opposition.The sanctions largely target North Korea's coal exports. Coal is the country's largest source of income.
United States State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the new sanctions will cut North Korea's coal exports by more than 60 percent.
"None of these sanctions are directed and nor do we seek to punish the people of North Korea who indeed are long-suffering under the current regime," Toner said.
He added that the sanctions target North Korea's ruling class who he said are responsible for North Korea's bad behavior.
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1.nuclear testing 核试验
The House voted to impose a one-year moratorium on nuclear testing.
2.ruling class 统治阶级
He was free from all sycophancy or obsequiousness in the face of the reactionary ruling class.
3.connected to 与...连接
These appliances should not be connected to power supplies
4.in place 适当；就位
We already have our core team in place.
1.They are in response to North Korea's threat to strike back against new United Nations sanctions announced earlier.
strike back 回击；反击
We will then have a powerful fleet with which to strike back against them.
Tom at last found a chance to strike back at those who had found fault with his latest book.
2.North Korea's vice foreign minister Han Song Ryol spoke to foreign diplomats in the nation's capital, Pyongyang.
foreign minister 外交部长
I visited Japan in 1987 at the invitation of the Foreign Minister.
The Russian foreign minister yesterday cancelled his visit to Washington.
周三，联合国宣布对朝鲜实施新一轮制裁 。目的是为了惩罚朝鲜9月9日进行的核试验 。朝鲜主要贸易伙伴中国与俄罗斯都支持联合国制裁决议 。
早前，朝鲜警告称将对联合国的新制裁作出回应 。然而并未说明具体的回应措施 。
日韩周五宣布的单边制裁其实“徒有其表” 。因现行的制裁，日韩两国和朝鲜几乎没有任何贸易往来 。
周三，联合国安理会全票通过新一轮涉朝制裁决议 。制裁的主要领域是朝鲜的煤炭出口 。煤炭是朝鲜主要的收入来源 。
美国国务院发言人迈克·窦纳（Mark Toner）称，新一轮制裁将导致朝鲜的煤炭出口量缩减至少60% 。
他还说，制裁的目标是朝鲜的统治阶级 。这些人才是朝鲜恶行的始作俑者 。