North Korea Threatens to Use 'Ultimate Means' Against Latest UN Sanctions

13 September, 2017, 07:51 | Author: Christian Benson
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In June, the United States slapped sanctions on the Bank of Dandong, a Chinese bank located at the border with North Korea which it accused of "facilitating millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea's WMD (weapons of mass destruction) and ballistic missile programs".

The sanctions were adopted unanimously in NY, with Russian Federation and China's approval. "We are not looking for war", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council after the vote.

In order to pressure Beijing and Moscow to do more, the US has to go after more companies and individuals that are suspected of doing business with the North Korean regime, according to Ruggiero.

Britain's U.N. ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, told reporters who questioned the watering down of the initial USA text that "there is a significant prize in keeping the whole of the Security Council united".

Von Hippel co-authored a report for Nautilus earlier this month that found even a major reduction in Chinese oil exports to North Korea would likely have only a muted impact on military activities because Pyongyang can safely be assumed to have significant stockpiles of oil.

The U.N. action was triggered by North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test this month.

"We've been played by the Kims for years", Republican Representative Ted Poe said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his predecessors. Haley has dismissed it as insulting.

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President Trump said they were "another small step".

It is the first time the Security Council has targeted oil in its sanctions against the regime.

The resolution does add new language urging "further work to reduce tensions so as to advance the prospects for a comprehensive settlement".

After late-night negotiations Sunday with China, the US delegation broadly weakened a sanctions proposal that Beijing was unwilling to support.

North Korea's top envoy in Geneva condemned the latest round of United Nations Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang, describing the embargoes as an "illegal" measure.

Another senior administration conceded the new sanctions would not be enough in themselves to change North Korea's behaviour, but would help measure compliance with United Nations restrictions by other countries.

Han also said North Korea refuses to recognize the resolution of the Security Council because it has "no legal basis".

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"It's nice to get a 15 to nothing vote", he added.

The adoption of the US-led sanctions served as an occasion for North Korea to "verify that the road it chose to go down was absolutely right and to strengthen its resolve to follow this road at a faster pace without the slightest diversion until this fight to the finish is over", according to a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency. Almost 80 percent went to China.

The sanctions include a freeze on North Korean imports of crude oil at current levels of 4 million barrels a year and a cap on imports of refined petroleum products at 2 million barrels annually, or about half the current levels. Branches of China's biggest banks have suspended financial transactions for North Koreans, employees told AFP, suggesting that Beijing has pursued stronger measures against its nuclear-armed ally than previously thought.

11, unanimously agreed on its toughest sanctions against North Korea, setting limits on its oil imports and banning its textile exports.

Haley said the global community is doing that by hitting North Korea's ability to fuel and fund its weapons programme.

Conversely, the USA must deal with the bellicose rhetoric from North Korea which routinely threatens to strike the United States.

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