The United States of America says that it has the support of the Security Council of the United Nations for a new package of sanctions that are imposed against North Korea.
Nikki Haley, an ambassador from the United States, says that the North Korea Sanctions Committee of the council has unanimously approved the sanctions designations on 27 ships, 21 shipping companies, and one individual.
She says that it is considered to be the largest-ever set of designations from the United Nations against North Korea.
The said package aims at combatting maritime smuggling by North Korea to sell coal and obtain oil, evading various restrictions that have been imposed due to the nuclear and missile programs of the country.
Haley says that the agreement on the designations is considered as “a clear sign” that the international community is united in maintaining to impose “maximum pressure” on North Korea.
The new sanctions came despite the planned summits that are scheduled this spring between the leaders of the United States and South Korea with Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea.