North Korea has just been hit with its toughest international penalties so far over its controversial nuclear program.
    For years, the international community has been trying to get North Korea to end this nuclear program. The Asian country says that developing nuclear technology is its right. The United Nations says it's illegal. But despite multiple talks with North Korean leaders and despite sanctions, penalties meant to hurt North Korea's economy and its ability to build nuclear weapons, the country has continued to develop its program, repeatedly testing nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles. This time, China, a border country of North Korea, and its strongest ally, has supported new sanctions against North Korea. Will that be enough to change its behavior? Defiant and definitive, North Korea's launched more than two dozen prohibitive ballistic missiles this year alone. And on September 9th, state TV announced Kim Jong-un's fifth successful nuclear test. U. S. ambassador to the U. N. , Samantha Power, says one Korean official likened the atmosphere to "living with the Cuban missile crisis every day." Crucially, China is backing the sanctions, which will cut North Korea's single largest export, coal, by 62 percent, worth around $700 million a year.China is their biggest customer. The previous round of economic sanctions haven't slowed North Korea's nuclear program. King Jong-un said he is not going to cut his missile program and his nuclear program with those hundreds of millions of dollars. He's going to find other places to cut to continue the nuclear program.
    "Sanctions on North Korea are counterproductive, although six-party talks have been tried and failed over the years to stop proliferation, its direct talks with the North Korean leader that may make the difference."King Jong-en said so.