I can’t wait to read what North Korea’s PR folk have to say about this:
The tougher sanctions impose penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade and were passed in a 15-0 vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation. China, the North’s longtime benefactor, helped the United States draft the sanctions resolution in what outside experts called a sign of Beijing’s growing annoyance with Pyongyang’s defiant behavior on the nuclear issue. The Chinese had entreated the North Koreans not to proceed with the Feb. 12 underground nuclear test, their third.
Both China and the United States presented the new constraints as adding significant pressure on North Korea. Whether it will change North Korea’s behavior is unknown.
The only thing I’m really concerned about now is that the North Koreans have raised their rhetoric almost as far as it can go, and it looks like it got them nothing. Now they might feel like they have to, well, do something to get people’s attention. Heck, they’re probably keen to launch some sort of provocation against the South just to test Park Geun-hye, partly because she’s new, and partly because—one would image—she’s a she, and the North Koreans are probably curious to see how far a female leader will put up with their bullshit.