The United Nations Security Council has further toughened sanctions against North Korea following a ballistic missile test on November 29.
The council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that also orders the repatriation of North Korean workers overseas and earning revenue for Kim Jong-Un's regime.
The country had also regularly threatened they would destroy South Korea, Japan and the United States and continue to claim that the weapons program is necessary to counter USA aggression.
The resolution caps crude oil imports at 4 million barrels a year. Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the council that the "pressure campaign must and will continue until denuclearization is achieved", as he backtracked from his offer to hold unconditional talks with Pyongyang.
According to the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, "It (the resolution) sends the unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishments and isolation".More news: Arsenal wasted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 'unbelievable' goalscoring potential, says Jurgen Klopp
Specifically, the new resolution cuts deliveries of products including diesel and kerosene by nearly 90 percent, to the equivalent of 500,000 barrels per year starting January 1.
The UN's top envoy to North Korea, Jeffrey Feltman, said this month that he was "deeply worried" about the prospects of a diplomatic solution to the crisis after meeting officials in Pyongyang.
Asked about the effects of sanctions before these latest proposals were announced, Michael Kirby, who led a United Nations inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea, said cutting off fuel imports would be "a very serious step".
Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said the Security Council is sending "a very strong united signal to the North Korean regime that enough is enough, that they must stop their nuclear program and they must stop their intercontinental ballistic missile program".
The forced repatriation of foreign workers would also cut off vital sources of foreign currency and investment not only for the government but also for North Korea's emerging market economy, he said. China is also being called upon by the USA to limit its oil supply sent to its neighbor and ally.