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Trump speaks to South Korea President after UNSC backs sanctions on North Korea

News Agencies | Updated on: 7 August 2017, 12:16 IST

President Donald Trump spoke to South Korean President Moon Jae-in and expressed his happiness after the United Nation Security Council backed sanctions on North Korea over its missile tests with 15-0.

Trump took to his Twitter handle to inform about the same.

"Just completed call with President Moon of South Korea. Very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote on North Korea sanctions (sic)," Trump tweeted.

Earlier, with 15 votes in favour, Russia and China backed the US-drafted resolution 2371 which was passed unanimously.
Ahead of the vote, Russia's UN envoy, Vasily Nebenzya, called on Pyongyang to scrap its nuclear and missile programs and to return to a non-proliferation regime.

Moscow and Beijing had previously blocked the passage of a similar resolution, insisting that the Chinese-Russian "double freezing" initiative was the sensible solution for the region, Russia Today reported.

Apart from calling for dialogue, the Russian and Chinese envoys reiterated the need to scrap America's THAAD deployment in South Korea, and urged Seoul and Washington to halt military drills in the peninsula.

The sanctions will slash North Korea's annual export revenue of $3 billion by more than a third, according to a statement from the office of Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations.


First published: 7 August 2017, 12:16 IST