United Nations Security Council approves new North Korea sanctions

United Nations Security Council approves new North Korea sanctions

United Nations Security Council approves new North Korea sanctions

Instead, the resolution caps refined oil imports at 2 million barrels and crude oil imports at their current levels. I mean US officials say at least the resolution gives them some new tools to crack down on smuggling - again, not as stringent as originally proposed. It also bans the sale of condensates and natural gas liquids to the North.

The new tougher sanctions approved by the UN Security Council provides for a ban on North Korea's textile exports and limiting its import of crude oil. It suspended North Korean coal imports in February and more recently banned new business ventures and stopped buying iron, seafood and lead from its neighbor.

Before the vote, the U.S. removed some of the tougher proposals it had announced last week, including a complete oil embargo and measures to freeze the assets of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.

And the USA ambassador, Nikki Haley, says the resolution is meant to starve the regime of the money it needs to develop its nuclear and missile programs.

She added that the United States is not looking for war with North Korea and Pyongyang has "not passed the point of no return". "There is a significant prize in keeping the whole of the security council united", Rycroft said.

Haley said the resolution never would have happened without the "strong relationship" between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Some Russian companies, however, continue to conduct trade with North Korea.

In the wake of the sanctions' passage, Peru's foreign ministry said it had ordered North Korea's ambassador to leave the country within five days, joining Mexico in ejecting Pyongyang's representatives in recent weeks.

It followed up with a sixth nuclear test on September 3, its largest to date, which it said was a miniaturized hydrogen bomb.

Korea warns U.S. will pay "due price" if new sanctions approved
The United States and its allies had pushed for new sanctions to increase pressure on North Korea to agree to negotiations. A recent report by a United Nations panel of experts also found flaws in the enforcement of existing sanctions.

North Korea will be feeling the pain of new United Nations sanctions targeting some of its biggest remaining foreign revenue streams.

After the vote Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia explained why his country supported the resolution: "Russia does not accept the claims of DPRK to become a nuclear state and has supported all of the security council resolutions demanding an end to the nuclear missile programs of Pyongyang in the interest of de-nuclearizing the Korean peninsula".

Haley has called the proposal insulting. "But it does allow the Trump administration to say that at least it tried", said regional security analyst Grant Newsham with the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo.

He also opposed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THADD) anti-missile system by the US in South Korea asserting that it undermined the security of China and other countries in the region.

However, he said that the United States, South Korea and other parties "should also avoid taking the actions that will further complicate the situation", urging a peaceful solution to the issue.

"The world will witness how the DPRK tames the USA gangsters by taking a series of actions tougher than they have ever envisaged", the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

Pyongyang's ambassador Han Tae Song, addressing the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, said: "The Washington regime fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation, (is) obsessed with the wild game of reversing the DPRK's development of nuclear force which has already reached the completion phase". The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return", Haley told the Security Council, adding: "If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure.

Locked into an ever more nationalist narrative of its interests and destiny, it seems determined to double down on a 20th Century security strategy rather than to use this crisis to shape a new one.

The US called a vote on the new measures in response to Pyonyang's latest nuclear test, which was far more powerful than previous ones.

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