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Trump celebrates 'the single largest economic sanctions package ever on North Korea'

The United Nations Security Council on Saturday voted to approve new punitive sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for Pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests this year.

The sanctions package, which passed with the support of China and Russia, focuses on export prohibitions and is expected to cut the country's $3 billion annual export income by one third. President Trump celebrated the vote on Twitter Saturday evening:

Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the U.N., also emphasized the historic import of the U.S.-drafted measure. "This resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime," she said. "This is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation."