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UN Security Council unanimously adopts tougher sanctions on North Korea

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UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved a new sanctions on North Korea, banning textile exports and capping its oil imports following Pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test conducted last week.

The UNSC resolution was passed Monday after Washington agreed to revise the draft to accommodate the positions and concerns voiced by Beijing and Moscow.

The United States had called for the strongest possible sanctions and originally proposed seeking an oil embargo on Pyongyang. But after negotiations, a revised draft of the sanction document only capped crude oil exports to North Korea at current levels.

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Following a series of negotiations Sunday, diplomats agreed not to ban oil exports into North Korea. Instead, the ninth set of restrictive sanctions against Pyongyang, unanimously adopted by the 15-member UN Security Council, authorized a cap of 2 million barrels a year of sales of refined petroleum products to North Korea, Reuters reported.

The sanctions also place a cap on crude oil exports to the communist regime at current levels.

The UNSC also placed a ban on the country’s textile exports, North Korea’s second-biggest export, totaling $752 million, according to data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.

Nearly 80 per cent of the textile exports went to China.

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Newly appointed guvs take oath of office and secrecy

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed governors of all seven provinces on Friday amid a special function at the official residence of the President, Shital Niwas.

All seven governors appointed as the ceremonial state heads by the incumbent government on Wednesday were sworn-in at 4:00 pm Friday in Sheetal Niwas, according to Keshav Ghimire, joint secretary at the Office of the President.

Thegovernment had appointed Prof Govinda Subba as governor of Province 1, Ratneshwar Lal Kayastha as governor of Province 2, Anuradha Koirala for 3, Baburam Kunwar for 4, Umakanta Jha for 5, Durga Khanal for 6 and Mohan Raj Malla for Province 7.

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Immediately after their sworn in by the president, the election body on Friday itself handed over the name lists of those elected to the provincial assemblies under the proportional representation (PR) category in the polls held November 26 and December 7.

As per the legal provisions, the election body needs to submit the name lists of members elected to the provincial assemblies to the governors within five days after announcing the poll results.

Before that, the EC had distributed the certificates to the winning candidates, paving the way for the formation of provincial assemblies and for conducting the upper house elections slated for February 7.

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