Trump downplays new United Nations sanctions on N. Korea

Trump downplays new United Nations sanctions on N. Korea

Trump downplays new United Nations sanctions on N. Korea

US President Donald Trump is likely to make a stop in China in November during his first official visit to Asia, a US official said on Tuesday, a trip that will come amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear tests.

The resolution bans the regime from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates, and caps Pyongyang's imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months.

China, which supplies most of North Korea's crude, no longer reports its oil shipments to the country, but according to South Korean data supplies it with roughly 500,000 tonnes of crude oil annually.

Monday's US -backed Security Council resolution imposed the toughest sanctions yet on North Korea in order to ramp up economic pressure in response to its latest nuclear test.

"If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future. if North Korea continues its risky path, we will continue with further pressure", said Haley, who credited a "strong relationship" between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping for the successful resolution negotiations.

During tough negotiations, the United States dropped initial demands for a full oil embargo and a freeze on the foreign assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry in a statement also lauded the adoption of UNSC Resolution 2375 as a response to the Pyongyang's latest nuclear test, which it said "showed the strong will of the global community that it will not allow North Korea's reckless and irresponsible nuclear weapons development, a serious provocation to worldwide peace and security".

"The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country's sovereignty and right to existence", the ministry said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's formal name.

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It also bans joint ventures with North Korean entities, except for non-profit public utility infrastructure projects.

"This resolution also puts an end to the regime making money from the 93,000 North Korean citizens it sends overseas to work and heavily taxes", Haley said. But the detected xenon-133 is a radioactive isotope that does not occur naturally and which has been linked to North Korea's nuclear tests in the past. The new measures amounted to "the most stringent U.N. sanctions regime placed on any nation in the 21st century", Johnson said.

The resolution fell short of measures sought by the Trump administration.

Peruvian Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna said the move was strongly rooted in global law as reflected by new United Nations sanctions against North Korea passed on Monday.

Haley said the resolution aimed to hit "North Korea's ability to fuel and fund its weapons programme".

What happened next? On 3 September, North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb that could be miniaturised and loaded on a long-range missile.

The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie says Beijing is treading a fine line and wants sanctions tough enough to signal its displeasure to Pyongyang and avoid American accusations of complicity, but not so tough as to threaten North Korea's survival.

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