The United Nations Security Council on Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution imposing punishing sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear test.
The 15-member council voted on the resolution minutes after reaching an agreement on it, paving the way for sanctions on one of the most impoverished countries in the world for conducting its first nuclear test.
The vote was the culmination of intense parleys, first among the five veto-wielding permanent members with Japan, and later among all the 15 members of the Council to find a common ground on the international community's response to Pyongyang's action.
Prospects of a unanimous resolution had appeared doubtful on Friday following reservations expressed by Russia and China to the proposals made by US.
But after a last-minute closed-door meeting, the differences with Russia and China on the resolution were resolved.