UN Security Council approves new North Korea sanctions

13 September, 2017, 08:58 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Zhao Tong, a North Korea expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre in Beijing, said North Korea was deeply unhappy with China's backing of earlier United Nations sanctions.

USA officials said the new measures would cut North Korean exports by 90%, pinching the regime's ability to get hard currency.

"The military is maintaining its utmost defense posture, keeping a close watch over the North, but there is nothing out of the ordinary", he said.

KOMID, or the North's Korea Mining Development Trading Corp., is the regime's primary arms dealer and main exporter of goods and equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons. But he said trying to stop goods and material flowing from China to North Korea without United Nations backing would substitute a U.S.

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Washington is reportedly working to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea but history shows sanctions are not a deterrent to Pyongyang.

The notion that mighty China wields diplomatic control over impoverished North Korea is mistaken, said Jin Canrong, an worldwide relations professor at Beijing's Renmin University.

China already has come out against American calls for cutting its oil sales to North Korea, while the US has rejected Beijing's insistence for the Trump administration to engage Pyongyang in diplomatic talks. China can live with a nuclear North Korea; it does not want to see the collapse of the North Korean regime fearing waves of refugees, and it does not want an increased American military presence in its hemisphere.

Ambassador Han Tae Song also lashed out at the United States during a session of the U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament, saying North Korea denounces Washington's "evil intention" and would "make sure the US pays a due price". But such escalating threats sound hollow without full support and cooperation from other powers like Russian Federation and particularly China, North Korea's major ally and supplier of economic aid.

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In a statement, U.S. Mission to United Nations said that United States wants Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers overseas, and to subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban. The U.S. proposed slashing projects employing North Korean workers overseas, but instead accepted sanctions aimed at gradually scaling them back. To remove this threat, the USA should negotiate directly with North Korea and reach an agreement that would freeze further development of such technology, which China would certainly support.

Last week's nuclear test, for example, took place as China hosted a BRICS summit, while in May, the North launched a long-range missile just hours before the Belt and Road Forum, dedicated to Xi's signature foreign policy initiative.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called the nuclear risk in North Korea the most unsafe crisis in the world today, told reporters Tuesday that "the unity of the Security Council is absolutely crucial".

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