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News Wrap: UN approves tough sanctions against North Korea for nuclear tests

March 2, 2016 at 7:35 PM EDT
Japanese ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa speaks to the press with U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power (R) and South Korean ambassador Oh Joon (L) following the United Nations Security Council passing a resolution that tightened existing restrictions on North Korea at the United Nations Headquarters in New York March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTS8ZQU
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GWEN IFILL: Good evening. I’m Gwen Ifill.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And I’m Judy Woodruff.

GWEN IFILL: On the “NewsHour” tonight: Front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take Super Tuesday by storm — what this means for the parties and the rest of the presidential race.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Also ahead this Wednesday: The Supreme Court hears its first abortion case in nine years, a law that could add toughening restrictions to clinics in Texas and beyond.

GWEN IFILL: Then, we talk with the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, about the toughest sanctions yet on North Korea.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Plus: Astronaut Scott Kelly returns home after spending nearly a year in space, a record for an American astronaut.

SCOTT KELLY, NASA Astronaut: On one hand, I look forward to going home, but it’s something that has been such a big part of my life. And I’m going to miss it.

JUDY WOODRUFF: All that and more on tonight’s “PBS NewsHour.”

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JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news, the U.N. Security Council approved the toughest sanctions on North Korea in 20 years. It’s punishment for nuclear and missile tests earlier this year.

The sanctions will mandate inspections of all cargo shipped to and from North Korea by land, sea or air. They also freeze financial assets and cut off weapons sales to what’s officially called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The vote was unanimous, with U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Samantha Power saying existing sanctions don’t go far enough.

SAMANTHA POWER, U.S. Ambassador to the UN: That is why the resolution we have just adopted is so much tougher than any prior North Korea resolution. We have studied the ways the DPRK has been able to exploit gaps and evade measures aimed at impeding its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs . And we have put in place new measures to fill those gaps one by one.

JUDY WOODRUFF: We will speak with Ambassador Power later in the program.

GWEN IFILL: For the first time, the U.S. military has captured a significant Islamic State leader in Iraq. It’s widely reported he was seized last month by a special operations unit that recently deployed. The group’s mission is to disrupt ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Officials have not released the militant leader’s identity.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Pressure built on the Balkan states today to let more migrants move north from Greece. Macedonia did let 170 people cross its border, but many thousands more are still stranded.

James Mates of Independent Television News is there:

JAMES MATES: The door has finally opened, albeit just a crack, a few Syrian and Iraqi families with young children today allowed from Greece into Macedonia, 14-year-old Ribhan and her 8-old sister, Rezan, among the first to pass through this tiny door to what they hope is a new life.

How many days have you been waiting in the camp?

GIRL: Ten.

JAMES MATES: Ten days? And where do you want to go to now?

GIRL: Germany.

JAMES MATES: From the other side of the fence, those not getting through watched and shouted their frustrations.

WOMAN: Be merciful for all those people. We are not terrorists.

CROWD: Open! Open!

JAMES MATES: The prime minister of Slovakia, one of the countries on the refugee route, had come to see how his policemen were helping to block the passage north.

This has been the first movement through this border post for 48 hours or so. Whether it’s part of a change of police or simply connected to this official visit, we will find out soon enough. But, either way, the flow is barely a trickle, while the numbers still arriving in Greece resemble a flood, more than 2,000 a day, many today making their way through fields towards this same crowded camp.

JUDY WOODRUFF: As of today, some 30,000 people are now waiting in Greece for the chance to move north.

GWEN IFILL: Another piece of a long-missing Malaysia Airlines flight may have been found. It turned up on Mozambique over the weekend. That’s thousands of miles from Flight 370’s last known coordinates, before it vanished two years ago. So far, the only confirmed trace of the plane is a part of one wing. It was found last year on another island off Africa.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Indonesia was spared major damage today from a powerful earthquake. It had a magnitude of 7.8 and was centered 400 miles off Sumatra. Police in the coastal city of Padang initially issued tsunami warnings and evacuated a hospital. But, in the end, residents were largely unaffected.

GWEN IFILL: And Wall Street managed modest gains. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 34 points to close just short of 16900. The Nasdaq rose nearly 14 points, and the S&P 500 added eight.

Still to come on the “NewsHour”: the first major abortion case in a decade is heard at the Supreme Court; charting the path to the White House after Super Tuesday; Donald Trump and the future of the Republican Party; and much more.

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