N. Korea Rejects UNSC Resolution

N. Korea Rejects UNSC Resolution

N. Korea Rejects UNSC Resolution

According to the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that it "categorically" rejects the United Nations sanctions aimed at "completely suffocating its state and people through a full-scale economic blockade".

US President Donald Trump said the latest measures were a "very small step - not a big deal" that must lead to tougher measures.

The 15-0 vote marks the second unanimous decision against North Korea in the weeks since it unexpectedly tested intercontinental ballistic missiles and an apparent hydrogen bomb.

The U.N. Security Council adopted a new sanctions resolution against the North earlier in the day that includes heavy restrictions on hiring of North Korean workers overseas.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned China, North Korea's main ally and trading partner, that if it did not follow through on the new measures, Washington would "put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the U.S. and global dollar system".

Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said time was running out and Chinese firms should be given "a choice between doing business with North Korea or the United States".

Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea credited China and Russia's support of the United Nations resolution but says both countries "must do much more" to implement and enforce the sanctions.

"It does sound like US patience is running out", Ruggiero said. In recent weeks, North Korea had threatened the U.S. over the sanctions.

The foreign minister, who will be in NY next week for UN leadership meetings, called on all nations to fully implement the sanctions.

"Sanctions of any kind are useless and ineffective", Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters earlier this month at a summit in Xiamen, China.

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"I could imagine such a format being used to end the North Korea conflict".

Now, as Kim's grandson, Kim Jong Un, accelerates his nuclear program, South Korea is again targeting the North's leadership.

As for North Koreans working overseas, the US mission said a cutoff on new work permits will eventually cost North Korea about $500 million a year once current work permits expire.

That would mean halting massive joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises on North Korea's doorstep if the North halts its nuclear program. He cited Trump's warning last month of "fire and fury" against the North if it makes more threats, and his "shaming" of allies through tweets, which he said undermined USA credibility.

EU foreign ministers said last week that the pressure on North Korean workers to expel them from the European Union could be stepped up, with 500 in Poland.

The State Department's Thornton said Seoul had "come around very nicely" and appeasement not South Korea's policy.

North Korea has said it will never give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States drops its "hostile" policies toward the regime. An Aug. 5 United Nations resolution banned North Korean exports of coal.

There have been signs, including reduced supply and skyrocketing prices, that North Korea has already started diverting oil products away from gas stations and other consumer outlets. He later said the USA military was "locked and loaded", as if ready to attack the nuclear armed nation.

China and Russia, North Korea's two biggest allies with a veto right at the Security Council, objected to the more stringent penalties.

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