United Nations unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea

United Nations unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea

United Nations unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea

Though Beijing shares the U.S. opposition to North Korea's nuclear weapons and repeated calls for denuclearization, its fear of instability on the border carries higher priority.

McCain was also fond of the idea, saying that the USA needed to further encircle the North by expanding its military presence in the region. It says the make-up of those radioactive isotopes in air samples could shows if a nuclear test was from a plutonium or uranium bomb.

He called on anyone aware of efforts to enable North Korean trade to come forward before getting caught, warning: "We are closing in on North Korea's trade representatives".

Under the measure, countries are authorized to inspect ships suspected of carrying banned North Korean cargo but must first seek the consent of the flag-state.

Apart from the US, China, and Russian Federation, the sanctions have also been lauded by South Korea who said that these bans are a proof that Pyongyang's defiance will continue isolating it from other nations.

State Department and Treasury Department officials testified to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the US pressure campaign against North Korea's rapid progress toward a nuclear weapon that could strike America.

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The measures contained in the resolution are estimated to diminish North Korea's export earnings by as much as Dollars $1.3 billion.

Serving as the main economic lifeline for North Korea, China accounts for about 90 percent of Pyongyang's trade and is a major supplier of oil to the country.

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The Security Council stopped short of imposing a total oil import ban, freezing the assets of leader Kim Jong Un or slapping him with a travel ban, as the Trump administration initially wanted.

As for energy, it caps Pyongyang's imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months, and it limits the import of refined petroleum products to two million barrels a year.

China, which provides most of the oil to North Korea and wields a security council veto, has opposed such a move.

All those activities are thought to help fund the nuclear-weapons program. Trump has vowed not to allow North Korea to develop a nuclear missile capable of hitting the mainland United States.

Dr. John Nilsson-Wright, senior lecturer on Asian global relations at Cambridge University, had believed North Korea was still two to three years from miniaturizing a nuclear weapon to be carried on a long range missile, but the latest nuclear bomb test by North Korea's leader, and his threatening rhetoric about reducing Seoul and Washington to a "heap of ashes", showed Nilsson-Wright that North Korea's commitment to develop nuclear capabilities was as strong as ever and a cause for world alarm.

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

North Korea said its September 3 test was of an advanced hydrogen bomb and was its most powerful by far.

The draft had also called for a ban on North Korean overseas laborers, but the approved resolution included some caveats.

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