China Backs N. Korea Sanctions

Kim Jong Un inspecting firing exercise on Feb. 22. (KNS/AFP/Getty)

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday unanimously voted to approve new sanctions punishing North Korea for its continued testing of nuclear weapons—and this time China threw its support behind the sanctions. The announcement comes hours after North Korea unleashed a nuclear threat against the United States, vowing to “engulf Washington in a sea of fire.” An anonymous spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry earlier insisted that the country planned to exercise its right for “preemptive nuclear strikes on the headquarters of the aggressors.”