US calls for UNSC meet over N.Korea draft resolution

US calls for UNSC meet over N.Korea draft resolution

US calls for UNSC meet over N.Korea draft resolution

Japan yesterday backed a U.S. push for the UN Security Council to vote today on fresh sanctions against Pyongyang, saying that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's nuclear program poses the most serious threat since World War II.

"The forthcoming measures by DPRK (the Democratic Republic of Korea) will make the USA suffer the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history", he said.

But after saying last week that North Korea is "begging for war", Haley told the Security Council, "North Korea has not yet passed the point of no return".

Yet no one really thinks they'll force the regime to give up its nuclear and missile programs.

The final agreement was reached after negotiations between the United States and China, the North's ally and major trading partner. Haley praised the "strong relationship" between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping for enabling the resolution's adoption.

The panel of experts, which consists of eight members, is also reportedly probing the presence of North Koreans in the Middle East, particularly Syria and Africa, and "their involvement in prohibited activities".

United Nations experts on Saturday said North Korea had illegally exported coal, iron and other commodities worth almost $270 million to countries like China, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka this year.

The US wanted a complete ban on oil exports to North Korea, immediate end to employment of an estimated 93,000 of its citizens overseas, forcible boarding of ships trading with that country to check for contraband, and restrictions on UN.

North Korea's UN Ambassador Han Tae Song, at a conference in Geneva yesterday, accused the USA of being "fired up for political, economic and military confrontation", and warned that his country will hit back with "ultimate means".

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It bans sales of textiles, meaning cloth or clothing, by North Korea. Hundreds of residents of South Korea's North Gyeongsang Province took to the streets to protest against the government's decision, but the protests led to clashes with police.

"If you allow [Kim Jong Un] to have nuclear weapons and South Korea and Japan and others, who are under our 'nuclear umbrella, ' don't, I think that's not balanced", the USA senator said.

The sanctions are in response to North Korea's ongoing nuclear weapon and missile programs and its latest nuclear test. There are now two US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems deployed in South Korea, however Seoul said in late August that four more launchers for the THAAD systems might be supplied shortly.

The US has circulated a draft resolution that would, aside from barring crude oil shipments to North Korea, ban the nation's exports of textiles and prohibit employment of its guest workers by other countries, according to a diplomat at the world body. "And also helpful to solve the North Korea issue peacefully", Geng said.

Ahead of the vote, North Korea warned that United States will pay a "due price", if harsh sanctions against Kim Jong Un and the country are agreed at a United Nations Security Council meeting. It said the USA would pay a "due price" for a harsher sanctions resolution.

The US and its allies have been calling for stern measures against North Korea since the September 3 nuclear test. Steven Mnuchin said the restrictions could involve cutting off Beijing's access to the USA financial system.

"We don't worry very much", said another shop worker, Ri Jong Ok.

The resolution adds new language urging "further work to reduce tensions so as to advance the prospects for a comprehensive settlement", and underscoring "the imperative of achieving the goal of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner". China and Russian Federation, the two leading oil suppliers to the North and veto-wielding countries, however, have been in opposition, prompting Washington and Beijing to negotiate "a compromise" draft, according to the source.

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