The UN Security Council has sanctioned North Korea for its pursuit of a nuclear weapons program. That limits the country's diplomatic presence abroad, and also means few items of non-humanitarian use are imported.
Last week, North Korea rolled its Pukkuksong submarine-launched ballistic missile through the streets of the capital, Pyongyang, once more. Sanctions issued by the UN Security Council in response to North Korea's nuclear weapons program include a total embargo on arms. That means the country cannot legally buy or sell so much as a handgun.
As international observers say North Korea continues to flout bans on its pursuit of a nuclear weapons program, the UN Security Council has increased sanctions on the country. In addition, the United States, Japan and South Korea have issued their own measures to alter the country's atomic ambitions.
mkg/sms (Reuters, UN)