"We had particular economic interests that we managed to defend," Churkin told journalists after the adoption of the resolution.
The sanctions under the new resolution are due to affect multiple sectors of North Korea's economy, making all cargo entering and leaving the country subject to inspection and limiting or prohibiting the nation's export of coal, iron, gold, titanium and rare natural minerals. The resolution also bans conventional arms sales as well as the delivery of aviation and rocket fuel to Pyongyang.
On Tuesday, Churkin told reporters that the US delegation had accommodated some of Russia’s concerns with respect to the adoption of new sanctions against North Korea.
The sanctions come in response to Pyongyang’s January hydrogen bomb test, as well as the launch, a month later, of a long-range rocket to allegedly place a satellite into orbit, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.