North Korea Fires 6 “Short-range Projectiles” Off Korean Peninsula


North Korea on Thursday fired six “short-range projectiles” that flew 100 to 150 kilometers (about 62 to 93 miles) off the Korean Peninsula, according to a press release from the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The objects traveled off the peninsula’s east coast and the South Korean military is analyzing the situation, an official from the South Korean Defense Ministry said.

The news came one day after the United Nations Security Council voted to impose a broad array of sanctions against North Korea because of that nation’s recent nuclear test and missile launch — both of which defied current international sanctions.

The U.N. resolution that brought about the sanctions aims to cripple the economic factors that fuel North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

According to Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the sanctions will:

— Require that all North Korean planes and ships carrying cargo be inspected. Previously, nations only inspected planes and ships when they had “reasonable grounds.”

— Ban Pyongyang from exporting most of the country’s natural resources.

— Prohibit nations from providing training to North Korean nationals in fields that could advance the nation’s missile and nuclear programs.

— Ban member states from allowing North Korea to charter foreign vessels or aircraft and ban all nations from operating any vessels that use North Korean flags.

— Prohibit the supply of aviation fuel, including rocket fuel, and the sale of small arms to North Korea.

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