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Security Council Imposes North Korea Sanctions

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The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to impose weapons-related sanctions on North Korea over its missile tests.

The resolution requires all member states to block North Korea from receiving or selling missile technology and goods. It also demands Pyongyang stop all activities related to its missile program.

To avert a veto from China, the resolution does not mention a reference to Chapter Seven of the UN charter. That provision can authorize wide-ranging sanctions or the use of force if North Korea violates the resolution.

The agreement was reached Saturday after a last minute compromise between countries who wanted a tough statement, such as Japan and the United States, and Russia and China, who favored weaker language.

The council has struggled for days over how to best respond to a series of missiles North Korea launched on July 5th.

Earlier Saturday, President Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi held meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss how to formally react to North Korea's missile launches.

Mr. Bush and Mr. Koizumi each met separately with Mr. Putin ahead of the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Mr. Bush told reporters the two had a productive discussion and agreed North Korea should not have nuclear weapons.
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