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Obama welcomes new U.N. sanctions on N. Korea as 'firm, united, and appropriate response'

All Headlines 00:46 March 03, 2016

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday welcomed the latest U.N. sanctions on North Korea as "a firm, united, and appropriate response by the international community" to provocations by the communist regime.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed the sanctions resolution, significantly tightening the screws on the communist nation that sparked global outrage with its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and its long-range missile launch on Feb. 7 in violation of U.N. bans.

"This resolution levies strong new sanctions aimed at halting Pyongyang's efforts to advance its weapons of mass destruction programs," Obama said in a statement.

"I have consistently said that the DPRK would face consequences for its actions, and I welcome this resolution as a firm, united, and appropriate response by the international community to the DPRK's recent provocations that flagrantly violated multiple Security Council resolutions," he said.

"Today, the international community, speaking with one voice, has sent Pyongyang a simple message: North Korea must abandon these dangerous programs and choose a better path for its people," he added.

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