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UN slaps North Korea with toughest-ever sanctions

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New sanctions resolution passed by a 15-0 vote after three months of tough negotiations between the US and China

The United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed its toughest-ever sanctions on North Korea, placing a cap on its key coal exports after the state's defiant nuclear tests.

The new sanctions resolution on Wednesday, which was spearheaded by the United States and came after three months of tough negotiations with fellow veto-wielding council member China, passed by a 15-0 vote.

The resolution demands that North Korea "abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes" and takes aim at the state's exports of coal - its top external revenue source.