March 3, 2016 – North Korea fired a barrage of rockets into the sea just hours after the United Nations Security Council imposed its toughest ever sanctions on the country.
It launched several short-range missiles into the East Sea, or Sea of Japan, at around 10am local time, according to a South Korean Defense Ministry official, quoted by Yonhap News.
The missiles, all of which fell into the sea, were fired from Wonsan in eastern North Korea.
The move is an act of defiance against the sanctions, passed on Wednesday in New York in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear test in January and rocket launch the following month.
North`s Korea`s neighbors Japan and South Korea led the push for UN Security Council members to adopt the resolution and they praised the sanctions.
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“Japan strongly urges North Korea to sincerely heed the strong warnings and condemnation repeatedly expressed by the international community,” said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
He said North Korea should abide by the resolution “without taking further provocative actions, such as nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches.
The sanctions include a ban on any items except food or medicine, which may be used for military purposes.
The resolution calls on members to freeze state financial assets and inspect all cargo passing through their territory. Exports of coal and iron ore have been banned as a further way to stop Pyongyang raising capital.
It also clamps down on the pampered lives of leader Kim Jong-un and his ruling elite, extending a luxury goods ban to include watches made of precious metals and leisure sports equipment, including snowmobiles costing more than $2,000.