UNSC approves tough new sanctions against N.Korea

UNSC approves tough new sanctions against N.Korea

UNSC approves tough new sanctions against N.Korea

"We think it's just another very small step - not a big deal", Trump said of the sanctions agreed.

They have proposed a freeze-for-freeze which would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the United States and South Korea stopping their joint military exercises - something the Trump administration has rejected as a false equivalence.

The draft resolution, agreed to late Sunday after final negotiations between the USA and China, the North's ally and main trading partner, also eliminates a US proposal to authorize the use of force to board nine named ships, which it said violated previous United Nations sanctions resolutions, to carry out inspections.

Earlier in NY, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2375 that centers on putting caps on North Korea's imports of crude and refined petroleum products, which experts say will lead to around a 30 percent reduction in total supplies of oil-related products to the North.

"But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen", he said without elaborating.

Earlier on Monday ahead of the vote in the Security Council, North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement called the resolution illegal and unlawful, and said North Korea was "ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means" against the US. It capped North Korea's oil exports, banned textile exports and prohibited countries worldwide from providing new work permits to North Korean workers.

"In case the U.S. eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful "resolution" on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the USA pays due price", the spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

"UN Security Council resolution", ambassador Han Tae Song told the gathering.

Kim praised the developers in his own remarks as "taking the lead" in attaining the "final goal of completing the state nuclear force" in line with his parallel pursuit of nuclear and economic development.

Speaking to CNN reporters, North Koreans on the street appeared unconcerned about further sanctions and threats of military action from the United States.

It was the eighth series of sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006.

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But underscoring the big questions about Chinese and Russian compliance, senior USA officials told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday that effective enforcement by both of the North's neighbors and trading partners will be the acid test of whether sanctions work.

"The U.S. needs to switch from isolation to communication in order to end an "endless loop" on the Korean peninsula, where "nuclear and missile tests trigger tougher sanctions and tougher sanctions invite further tests", it said".

However, instead of making a right choice based on rational analysis of the overall situation, the U.S.is trying to use the DPRK's legitimate self-defensive measures as an excuse to strangle and completely suffocate it.

The new sanctions follow North Korea's most powerful nuclear test to date which the country had carried out on September 3.

The resolution bans the export of textiles (worth an estimated $800 million a year), bans joint ventures with North Korea and also bans North Korean laborers from working overseas, preventing the regime from profiting by taxing those laborers.

Rajiv Biswas, Asia Pacific chief economist for IHS Markit, also said he expects that Pyongyang can weather the import reduction.

The official defended the USA mission from critics who say the sanctions were watered down, arguing an early draft from the US was given to the press to place pressure on any who might seek to soften the sanctions.

In a clear message to North Korean threats to attack the United States, she said: "We will never forget the lesson that those who have evil intentions must be confronted".

The North's Foreign Ministry warned Washington that if it did "rig up the illegal and unlawful "resolution" on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the USA pays due price".

Russian Federation and China both have veto power in the vote as permanent members of the Security Council.

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