The United Nations moves more sanctions on North Korea

09/13/2017 - SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) We're learning more about Britain's move to leave the European union. Plus, the United Nations puts more sanctions on North Korea. To explain the latest developments is assistant professor of integrated studies Greg Jackson from Utah Valley University joined Good Morning Utah with Brian Carlson.

Tuesday, British parliament voted to end its political, economic, and legal connections to the European Union. It did so with an EU withdrawal bill that repeals the 1972 European Communities Act. The Labour Party opposed it, seeing it as a power grab by May's government, as the bill makes thousands of EU regulations and laws UK laws in one fell swoop. The vote was 326 to 290.

This is a continuation of Britain's exit from the European Union, commonly referred to as "Brexit." Brexit began when a British referendum on continued membership in the EU went in favor of leaving by approximately 52% to 48% in June 2016. Since then, Britain has elected a new government, headed by Theresa May, to oversee the process.

Since invoking article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on March 29, 2017, May's government has no more than two years to negotiate its exit from the EU.

As the process goes forward, many British remain torn or unhappy about it. Amid the current vote on the Brexit Bill, thousands of anti-Brexit protestors have taken to streets of London calling for an "exit from Brexit." They are concerned about how Brexit could negatively impact the British economy, security, and identity as Europeans.

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously, 15-0, to increase sanctions against North Korea on Monday. The sanctions are in response to North Korea continuing to pursue its nuclear program.

The resolution calls for a ban against North Korea importing natural gas liquids and condensates; places a cap on its importation of crude oil; bans all textile exports; and prohibits other countries from authorizing new work permits for North Koreans. The ban on textiles is significant, as textiles represent 29% of North Korea's exports. It further request nations around the world to inspect all ships passing through North Korean ports. It does not, however, force ships to comply with this resolution, as the Trump administration had hoped. At most, penalties might be imposed.

This is the ninth unanimous resolution against North Korea issued by the United Nations since 2006.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said the US is not interest in war with North Korea. President Trump, meanwhile, has called these sanctions "nothing" in comparison to "what ultimately will have to happen."


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