U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the sanctions unanimously voted on by the U.N. Security Council on Monday are the 'most severe sanctions' yet against North Korea. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the sanctions unanimously voted on by the United Nations Security Council on Monday were the 'most severe sanctions' yet. "We'll see what choices the North Koreans make," Mattis said during a meeting with Defense Minister Jose Alberto Azeredo Lopes of Portugal. The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to step up sanctions on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned and fuel supplies capped, prompting a traditionally defiant threat of retaliation against the United States. Monday's decision, triggered by the North's sixth and largest nuclear test this month, was the ninth such resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member Security Council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes. Japan and South Korea said after the passage of the U.S.-drafted Security Council resolution that they were prepared to apply more pressure if North Korea refused to end its aggressive development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.