North Korean ambassador to United Nations condemns "illegal" new UNSC sanctions

North Korean ambassador to United Nations condemns

North Korean ambassador to United Nations condemns "illegal" new UNSC sanctions

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"Hostile sanctions are like a delusion tantamount to expecting foolishly that the ocean would dry up", one official told CNN, while emphasizing that the government had not yet released an official response.

Achieving a world free of nuclear weapons is the top priority proclaimed by the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, in his political address to the UN Security Council in January this year.

The news came as South Korea conducted its latest live fire drills with the USA military on Tuesday, in a display of military might featuring tanks and helicopters.

When these new stronger sanctions are added to those passed last month, over 90 per cent of North Korea's publicly reported exports are now fully banned.

"These are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea", she said. The US watered down an initial tougher draft resolution to win the support of Pyongyang ally China and Russian Federation. But China said after Monday's vote it supported the resolution.

Chinese UN ambassador Liu Jieyi again called for talks "sooner rather than later".

The head of the International Atomic Energy said the test was a clear violation of many UN Security Council resolutions and in disregard of repeated demands of the international community.

China's United Nations ambassador urged the council to adopt the freeze-for-freeze proposal and urged the USA to pledge not to seek regime change or North Korea's collapse.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe quickly welcomed the resolution and said after the vote it was important to change North Korea's policy by imposing a higher level of pressure. "We will also be undertaking prompt steps to implement the new resolution and the measures it contains".

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

A number of European Union countries including Britain are calling for the expulsion of North Korean workers posted in Europe, saying the revenue they generate is used to fund the nuclear programme.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: "The global community has shown it is united against the illegal and reckless acts by the North Korean regime".

The import of refined petroleum products is also limited.

In its first reaction to the sanctions, North Korea rejected the resolution and said the USA would soon face the "greatest pain" it had ever experienced.

"Those sanctions are nothing compared to what will ultimately have to happen", he said Tuesday.

"We regret to note that the DPRK continues relentlessly violating the resolutions adopted by the Security Council, and this inevitably leads to greater implications for the country and its leaders", Kazakhstan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Kairat Umarov said.

Kim Hyun-Wook of Seoul´s Korea National Diplomatic Academy, predicted: "The sanctions will only provide North Korea with an excuse for further provocations, such as an ICBM launch".

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