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    Russia’s economic interests will not be affected by the new sanctions against North Korea introduced by the UN Security Council, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said.

    UNITED NATIONS, March 3 (Sputnik) – On Wednesday, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution to expand sanctions imposed on North Korea.

    "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.

    According to Churkin, Russia’s plan to build a railway that will pass though North Korea and will deliver Russian coal to southern China and Southern Korea will not be affected by the new sanctions.

    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.

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    Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), economy, sanctions, Vitaly Churkin, Russia
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