UN Security Council imposes tough sanctions on North Korea

14 September, 2017, 01:17 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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North Korea on Monday threatened to inflict "greatest pain and suffering" on the USA, after Washington pushed for new sanctions against Pyongyang for its sixth nuclear test in the UN Security Council, the state-media reported.

The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a US-drafted resolution that imposes strongest sanctions ever on North Korea, with measures targeting its last remaining major exports and reducing about 30 percent of oil provided to it. It also bans the sale of condensates and natural gas liquids to the North.

But Kang added both the US and South Korea believed in following a policy of "responding firmly (to) provocations through tough sanctions while leaving the door open for dialogue". The country said it had tested an advanced hydrogen bomb.

It bars countries from issuing new work permits to North Korean labourers sent overseas - there are some 93,000, providing Kim's regime with a source of revenue to develop its missile and nuclear programmes, according to a U.S. official familiar with the negotiations. And today the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves.

To placate the United States and signal displeasure with North Korea, China voted for the latest sanctions even as it insisted on watering them down to let Kim Jong-un know that China will not let him fall.

The restrictions bar members of the United Nations from issuing work permits to North Korean labourers, who are a source of revenue to Pyongyang's economy.

Kim would be spared from a United Nations blacklist that would have hit him with an assets freeze and a travel ban and punished him directly for the country's military drive. It would also ban new contracts for North Korean workers that are sent overseas.

Speaking to CNN reporters, North Koreans on the street appeared unconcerned about further sanctions and threats of military action from the United States.

The resolution also calls on states to inspect vessels on the high seas, with consent of the flag state, if they have reasonable grounds to believe the ships are carrying prohibited cargo.

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North Korea warned on Monday that it would join the United States "the greatest pain and suffering" if Washington insisted on tougher UN Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang in response to its recent nuclear test.

The new draft imposes a full ban on textile exports, a biting new sanction that some diplomats fear may lead to an abstention by China.

"This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional $500 million or more in annual revenues". "Do not succumb to emotions and drive North Korea into a corner", he said after meeting South Korean president Moon Jae-in, who backed an embargo, in Vladivostok.

During an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on September 4, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced that the security resolution would be put to a vote on September 11.

Already China has risked its previously burgeoning relationship with Seoul to punish it for deploying an American anti-missile system known as Thaad (Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence).

The threat North Korea poses is hard to overstate. "We would like to see proof of that in the near future", he added.

"Diverse diplomatic measures are under consideration to intensify the global community's pressure on the North in case it continues its provocations", Cho June-hyuck, foreign ministry spokesman, told a regular press briefing.

"Today we are saying that the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea", U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council Monday evening.

The adoption of the resolution in just a week was unusual given that relevant resolutions in the past took one to two months to be adopted. He said he expects China and Russian Federation to support it. "Taking this into account, China could agree to cap crude oil exports", another source said.

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