A resolution to impose tough North Korea sanctions was significantly adopted by the UN Security Council.
Correspondents say that these sanctions are one of the toughest to be imposed onto the country.
The vote was cast as a way of responding to the nuclear test that N. Korea held last month.
According to the sanctions, any cargo going into or leaving North Korea should be inspected by UN member states. 12 organizations and 16 new individuals have been blacklisted.
US President Barack Obama said that the world spoke in one voice and sent Pyongyang a message that the country needs to stop the dangerous programmes and select a safer path of its citizens.
Samantha Power, US Ambassador to United Nations, said that North Korea is more focused in developing its ballistic missiles and nuclear programmes than it is in taking care of the needs of its citizens.
China (North Korea’s ally) and the US used 7 weeks so as to discuss the new sanctions.
Apart from the sanctions that require cargo to be inspected, there is also a ban that prohibits the sale or transfer of light weapon or small arms to N. Korea. Similarly, diplomats that take part in illicit activities are to be expelled from the North.
Japan, the US and its Western allies wanted the sanctions to be put in place as fast as possible and pushed for them to be as wide as they could.
China on the other hand, did not want to put in place sanctions that could affect North Korea’s stability and lead to a collapse of the country’s economy.
UN has emphasized that the new sanctions do not target to adversely affect the civilians, many of whom already undergo tough financial hardships.
When North Korea conducted nuclear test in January and launched long-range rocket in Feb, the country was condemned as to have violated UN resolutions.
North Korea stated that it will not be part of the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions that examines its records on rights.
The country’s Foreign Minister Su-yong said that the council carries out selectivity, politicization and also singles out N. Korea for criticism.
The UN council has in the past criticized the country regarding the manner in which it treats its citizens.
North Korea has insisted that the missile programmes are meant for scientific research in nature, but South Korea, US and China have stated that these kind of rocket launches target to develop inter-continental ballistic missiles.