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  • The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea on Monday over the country's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, imposing a ban on the country's textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.

    It was the ninth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs. The United States watered down an initial tougher draft resolution to win the support of Pyongyang ally China and Russia.

    The resolution imposes a ban on condensates and natural gas liquids, a cap of 2 million barrels a year on refined petroleum products, and a cap on crude oil exports to North Korea at current levels. China supplies most of North Korea's crude.

    China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi called on North Korea to "take seriously the expectations and will of the international community" to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development, and called on all parties to remain "cool-headed" and not stoke tensions.

    "We think it's a big mistake to underestimate this Russia, China initiative. It remains on the table at the Security Council and we will insist on it being considered," Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council.

    Meanwhile South Korea welcomed the resolution and said the only way for Pyongyang to escape isolation and economic hardship is to end its nuclear programme. A spokesperson at South Korea's President Blue House, Park Su-hyun, held a news briefing and said North Korea needs to realise that a reckless challenge against international peace will only bring about even stronger international sanctions against it.

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