UN Sanctions Hit North Korea Hard

UN Sanctions Hit North Korea Hard

UN Sanctions Hit North Korea Hard

US President Donald Trump has fanned the flames of hostility by responding that an American military strike against Pyongyang would be "a very sad day for North Korea".

The resolution is created to accomplish six major goals: cap North Korea's oil imports, ban textile exports, end additional overseas laborer contracts, suppress smuggling efforts, stop joint ventures with other nations and sanction designated North Korean government entities, according to a USA official familiar with negotiations.

According to the LKP spokesman, Moon should have apologized for wrongful claims about THAAD's negative impact on the environment, made by some lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Party of Korea. They have proposed a freeze-for-freeze that would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the US and South Korea stopping their joint military exercises - but the Trump administration has rejected that. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that it was too early to draw conclusions about the final form of the United Nations resolution, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying at a news conference on Friday.

Among other concessions the new text also softens proposed restrictions on North Koreans working overseas, and on the inspection by force of ships suspected of carrying cargo prohibited by the UN. Pyongyang claims it tested a hydrogen bomb capable of sitting atop a ballistic missile. It is their continued, illegal and aggressive actions that have brought us to this point, and it is North Korea that must change its course'.

The initial draft of the United Nations sanctions called for a ban on all oil and natural gas exports to North Korea and a freeze on all foreign financial assets of the government and leader Kim Jong Un.

A tougher initial USA draft was weakened to win the support of China, Pyongyang's main ally and trading partner, and Russian Federation, both of which hold veto power in the council.

But the NSSC said it had detected xenon-133, a radioactive isotope that does not occur naturally and which has in the past been linked to North Korea's nuclear tests.

North Korea offered fresh vitriol against the pending sanctions, specifically targeting Haley, who this week accused Kim of "begging for war".

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"All joint ventures with North Korean individuals and entities are banned".

"China is consistently committed to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, to the peace and stability of the peninsula and to the solution of the issue through dialogue and consultation", said Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi after the vote.

South Korean nuclear experts, checking for contamination, said on Friday they had found minute traces of radioactive xenon gas but that it was too early to link it to Sunday's explosion.

Hydrogen bombs have a far larger yield than traditional weapons, meaning devices can be smaller while providing greater devastation.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop welcomed the unanimous resolution by the United Nations saying "This is the toughest sanctions package yet".

The resolution does add new language urging "further work to reduce tensions so as to advance the prospects for a comprehensive settlement".

An official at the Mexican foreign ministry noted, however, that President Enrique Pena Nieto's government was not breaking diplomatic ties with North Korea.

He said: 'The global community has shown it is united against the illegal and reckless acts by the North Korean regime. "It would be great if something else could be worked out", he said.

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