September 12, 2017 10:38 am JST

Japan's PM welcomes new UN sanctions on North Korea

Abe says global community has made it clear that Pyongyang must change

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

TOKYO -- The new sanctions on North Korea adopted by the U.N. Security Council were welcomed by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who said the international community has shown a united front against the increasingly belligerent country.

By tightening the punitive measures, "the international community has made clear its will that North Korea must change its behavior," Abe told reporters here Tuesday.

The comment follows the unanimous passage on Monday of a new U.N. resolution that imposes further economic sanctions on North Korea following the country's sixth and largest nuclear test this month, and the firing of a ballistic missile over Japan in August.

The new resolution caps shipments of crude oil and other petroleum products to the North, and bans all of its textile exports. The sanctions also prohibit new work authorizations for North Korean migrant workers.

Abe emphasized that the effectiveness of the new measures depends on their implementation. "Japan will work together with members of the international community, including China and Russia," to ensure that the measures will be enforced, he said.

Abe went on to urge North Korea to refrain from further provocations, saying that "we demand North Korea to take concrete steps toward, and make a commitment to, [denuclearization of] the Korean Peninsula."

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