North Korea crisis: United Nations approves tough new sanctions over nuclear program

13 September, 2017, 14:29 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Kim Jong-un nuclear celebration

The North's foreign ministry spokesman said the U.S. was "going frantic" to manipulate the Security Council over Pyongyang's nuclear test, which it said was part of "legitimate self-defensive measures".

"We should go after banks and companies in other countries that do business with North Korea the same way", he said. "But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen".

North Korea on Monday threatened to "inflict pain and suffering" on the USA, after Washington pushed for new sanctions against Pyongyang for its sixth nuclear test in the UN Security Council, the state-media reported.

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

- bans imports of all natural gas liquids and condensates by North Korea.

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This resolution calls on countries to inspect ships if there are reasonable grounds for a search and only with consent. China has held the position that stronger sanctions would not be helpful in halting North Korea's nuclear programme.


The latest sanctions look to stop the country from receiving income for its missile program.

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. The draft would authorize the 192 other United Nations member states to stop these ships on the high seas to check their cargo without their consent.

But even if the plan isn't vetoed by China and Russian Federation today (which is probable), it's highly unlikely that Pyongyang will give up its hard-won nuclear capabilities to resume oil imports.

North Korea's ambassador, Han Tae Song, told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday the United States was "fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation". "The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return".

The sanctions follow a series of North Korean missile tests in recent months, culminating in an intercontinental ballistic missile that appeared to bring much of the United States mainland into range.

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14 May 2017: North Korea tested what it said was a "newly developed ballistic rocket" capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.

That's because his weapons programme gives him a deterrent against the USA, which North Korea frequently says wants to attack.

Nevertheless, ahead of the UN Security Council meeting, the country said that if the U.S. did eventually push through harsher sanctions, North Korea would "absolutely make sure that the United States pays due price".

A proposed asset freeze and a travel ban on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un were dropped.

Prior UN sanctions resolutions have taken weeks or months of negations between the USA and China, but the Trump administration demanded a quick turnaround for the vote.

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