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U.N. council supports N. Korean sanctions

June 12, 2009 at 1:49 PM

SEOUL, June 12 (UPI) -- A unanimous vote Friday by the U.N. Security Council has North Korea facing stricter sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, an official says.

U.S. Deputy Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo said U.N. Resolution 1874 passed by a 15-0 vote, thereby approving an embargo of North Korean arms and an enhanced ban on imported weaponry, CNN said.

"This resolution provides a strong and united international response to North Korea's test of a nuclear device," DiCarlo said.

North Korea intensified international opposition to its nuclear program by conducting a nuclear test in May along with test-firing six short-range rockets, CNN said.

Meanwhile, South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan told the Yonhap news agency the United States is considering imposing additional sanctions against North Korea over some international crimes Washington has let pass in recent years.

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