The United Nation Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously voted to approve tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch activity.US Ambassador Samantha Power said Wednesday’s draft resolution is the strictest sanction imposed on the country in decades, and aims at banning all weapons trade and imposing mandatory inspections of all cargo leaving and entering North Korea.
“Our collective security demands that we stop North Korea from continuing along this destructive and destabilising course,” Ms Power said.
“That is why the resolution we have just adopted is so much tougher than any prior North Korea resolution.”
The 15-member council approved the new sanctions after weeks of negotiation by American and Chinese officials. While these negotiaions were in motion, North Korea continued to flout measures by conducting nuclear tests and a launched a rocket in February.
EU prepare to spend millions on migrant aid
The European Union has announced plans to spend hundreds of millions of euros on humanitarian aid to member states in an attempt to help countries cope with the influx of migrants. EU humanitarian aid commissioner Christos Stylianides believes aid must be deployed immediately to prevent further human suffering. “Today’s proposal will make 700 million euros available to provide help where it is most needed,” he said. Greece is currently sheltering 100,000 refugees, its biggest influx since World War II.
Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes Indonesian coast
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck off the Sumatran coast sending panicked residents rushing for higher ground, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports. The earthquake hit 805km southwest of the city of Padang, West Sumatra at a shallow depth of 24km. Initial reports measured the tremor at 8.2 magnitude which led authorities to issue tsunami warnings around the Indian Ocean. Indonesian authorities lifted their alert several hours after the tremor on Wednesday. There are no immediate reports of damage, injuries or casualties. Tsunami warnings for the Cocos Island, Christmas Island and Western Australia have also been cancelled. – Compiled from web sources by Matina Moutzouris
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