North Korea warns United States over United Nations sanctions

13 September, 2017, 15:10 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Korean Central News Agency  Korea News Service via AP File

The resolution freezes the regime's imports of crude oil at the current level, which is presumed to be 4 million barrels a year or 540,000 tons.

The latest UN Security Council resolution against North Korea lays bare the precise volume of the regime's annual oil imports.

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi said Beijing hopes the United States would not seek regime change for North Korea or measures that would ensure the regime's collapse.

The initial draft called for a complete oil ban and freezing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's assets as well as the country's airlines, and although the new sanctions are watered-down, Roh said they send a crucial signal to North Korea: Their passage demonstrates a certain amount of unity between China, Russia, and the United States, on the potential nuclear threat North Korea might pose.

"The adoption of another illegal and evil "resolution on sanctions" piloted by the USA served as an occasion for the DPRK to verify that the road it chose to go down was absolutely right", the North's foreign ministry said in a statement published by the official KCNA news agency.

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"The DPRK is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means", Pyongyang said in a statement, according to CNN.

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, delivers remarks during a United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea in New York City, US, September 11, 2017.

South Korea's Blue House said in a statement said it "highly regarded that the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2375 within a short period of time". "If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure".

It was the eighth series of sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006. Now it seems that Russian companies are ramping up illicit trade with the North to help it evade sanctions which Russia voted for in the United Nations.

"This will cut deep", U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on the new resolution, pointing out it will hit Pyongyang's ability to fuel and fund its nuclear and missile programs and will reduce by nearly 50 percent its supply of gas, diesel and heavy fuel oil.

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North Korea today vowed to accelerate its weapons programme in response to the "evil" sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council after its latest and most powerful test.

However, he said that the United States, South Korea and other parties "should also avoid taking the actions that will further complicate the situation", urging a peaceful solution to the issue.

North Korea has been on the worldwide radar for a while now and it garnered more attention after it tested a hydrogen bomb on Sunday, September 3.

It also bans joint ventures with North Korean entities, except for non-profit public utility infrastructure projects.

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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.


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