The United Nations Security Council voted Tuesday to freeze assets and ban travel for officials of North Korea tied to its December rocket launch, tightening sanctions on the isolated nation.
The unanimous vote came more than a month after the successful launch. Though North Korean officials said the launch was lofting a satellite into space for peaceful purposes, South Korea and Western nations suspect that it was a way to test ballistic missile technology.
The decision piles more penalties on what is already the most heavily sanctioned nation on Earth, adding to restrictions approved in 2006 and 2009.
The North Korean Foreign Ministry fired back Tuesday in state media, swearing off nuclear talks and threatening to ramp up its “nuclear deterrence.” North Korea previously carried out nuclear tests after rocket launches, raising concern that the pattern will be repeated.