North Korea has responded to new sanctions by the United Nations (UN) by firing 6 short-range missiles into the sea off the east coast.
A South Korean spokesman told the Yonhap news agency the projectiles were fired at about 10:00 local time (01:00 GMT) from Wonsan on the east coast stating “They were either rockets or guided missiles”
The firing came shortly after the UN voted unanimously to introduce a raft of new sanctions against North Korea which is led by notorious dictator Kim Jong-Un.
The new sanctions which are the toughest ever include:
- A ban on the export of coal, iron and iron ore used for North Korea’s nuclear or ballistic missile programmes
- A ban on all exports of gold, titanium ore, vanadium ore and rare earth minerals
- A ban on aviation fuel exports to the country, including “kerosene-type rocket fuel”
- A ban on military and police co-operation, closing down North Korea’s training programmes abroad, especially in Africa
- Upmarket watches, watercraft, snowmobiles and other recreational sports equipment added to a ban on luxury goods
- Countries working in North Korea’s financial and banking sector are now obliged to freeze the assets of companies and other entities linked to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes.
North Korea claims its missile programme is purely scientific however it recently claimed to have detonated a hydrogen bomb, a claim that was later disproved.