UN Security Council imposes fresh sanctions on N Korea

UN Security Council imposes fresh sanctions on N Korea

UN Security Council imposes fresh sanctions on N Korea

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"The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the U.S. the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history", the ministry said.

Almost a week after Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday passed a USA -drafted resolution to impose a new set of sanctions on North Korea.

After several days of negotiations on the resolution, Washington dropped several measures to win the support of Russian Federation and China, including a bid for an oil embargo and the blacklisting of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the national airline.

China has been reluctant to squeeze North Korea over its military build-up, but Pyongyang's sixth and biggest nuclear test last week has caused alarm in Beijing.

- bans textile exports from North Korea and any country to issue new work permits to North Korean workers.

"We have been clear in close consultation with the Americans that oil has to be included as an element of sanctions", South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-Wha told reporters.

The spike in activity began soon after the US said it planned to ratchet up sanctions against North Korea. Japan, South Korea, and Guam, which are all USA allies, are within striking distance of North Korea.

"We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing", Haley said after the vote, which followed Pyongyang's claim that it had tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3.

"If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it", Haley added.

Announcing that Americans would be barred from doing business with it, the US Treasury said: "The Bank of Dandong acts as a conduit for North Korea to access the US and worldwide financial systems, including by facilitating millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea's WMD and ballistic missile programs".

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The North flight-tested its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs twice in July and analysis of flight data suggested that the missiles could reach deep into the United States mainland when perfected.

Chinese President Xi Jinping had invited Trump to visit China during their meeting in April in Palm Beach, Florida. China supplies most of North Korea's crude.

The resolution bans all textile exports from the country - an annual revenue blow of around $800 million. Textile products are North Korea's second-largest export category after coal and other mineral resources.

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Ahead of the vote, North Korea warned the United States that it would pay a "due price" if harsh sanctions were passed by the Security Council.

As for North Koreans working overseas, the United States mission said a cutoff on new work permits will eventually cost North Korea about $500 million a year once current work permits expire. The U.S. should look to engage diplomatically to find a level of security that North Korea and its neighbors will be happy with, he said.

And Kim Hyun-Wook of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, predicted: "The sanctions will only provide North Korea with an excuse for further provocations, such as an ICBM launch". The resolution adds only the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea and the party's powerful Organization and Guidance Department and its Propaganda and Agitation Department to the sanctions blacklist.

It was the ninth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member Council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.

Han accused the U.S. administration of being "fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation", and of being "obsessed with the wild game of reversing the DPRK's development of nuclear force which has already reached the completion phase". He called on North Korea to "take seriously" the will of the global community to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development. But, given recent developments, Beijing may have no better choice than to start talking with Washington and Seoul. Russia's envoy said Washington's unwillingness to have U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres try to resolve the dispute "gives rise to very serious questions in our minds".

A United Nations report published at the weekend said Pyongyang collected at least $270 million over a six month-period this year by exporting "almost all of the commodities prohibited" by existing sanctions.

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