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S. Korea hails U.N. resolution for putting significant pressure on N. Korea

All Headlines 17:49 September 01, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Thursday hailed the latest United Nations resolution on North Korea for putting significant pressure on the communist country to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"(Seoul) assesses that a significant level of progress has been achieved," foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said as Resolution 2270 passed by the United Nations Security Council hits the six month mark.

On March 2, the U.N council approved its toughest resolution yet in response to North Korea's nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch the following month.

The resolution has made progress in squeezing North Korea's shipping industry, diplomatic relations, personnel exchanges as well as its finances, the spokesman noted.

"U.N. member states have been actively cooperating to implement the resolution, overhauling their legal and institutional systems for the implementation of sanctions," Cho said.

A total of 50 U.N. member countries have submitted their implementation reports so far, and the number will continue to rise, he also said.

With the latest U.N. resolution and subsequent independent sanctions adopted by major countries, the international community has succeeded in standing together against North Korean, the spokesman added. "The government will continue diplomatic efforts, both on bilateral and multilateral occasions, for the comprehensive and complete implementation of the resolution in order to make North Korea rethink its strategy and decide to denuclearize itself."

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