United Nations set for vote after USA softens North Korea sanctions

13 September, 2017, 14:14 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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China is the only ally of North Korea, and that country's leader, President Xi Jinping, has often attempted to reason with Kim and get him to ease off the nuclear tests by threatening sanctions, but he has always failed.

Though the United States had proposed a complete ban, the sanctions by the U.N. Security Council to punish North Korea for its sixth nuclear test cap Pyongyang's annual imports of crude oil at the same level they have been for the past 12 months: an estimated 4 million barrels.

Still, America's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley told the Security Council after the vote that the new sanctions are the strongest imposed on North Korea and will "cut deep" as they target the regime's ability to fuel and fund its weapons programme.

These changes include the following: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will no longer have his assets frozen. He says if these United Nations restrictions do not work, the US could punish Chinese banks that do business with North Korea. "We think it's just another very small step, not a big deal".

McCain said on Sunday the relocation of tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea "should be seriously considered", during an appearance on Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.

The U.N. Security Council voted 15-0 to approve new sanctions.

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"If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure".

"We have frozen their accounts, which means they can not withdraw (money)", a staff member at a Yanji branch of China Construction Bank said.

"Instead of making a right choice with a rational analysis on overall situation, the Washington regime finally opted for political, economic and military confrontation, obsessed with the wild dream of reversing the DPRK's development of nuclear force, which has already reached the completion phase", the North Korean ambassador said.

North Korea said its September 3 test was of an advanced hydrogen bomb and was its most powerful by far. The DPRK is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means.

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

North Korean imports of other fuels, including gas, are to drop by more than one half.

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But he said trying to stop goods and material flowing from China to North Korea without United Nations backing would substitute a U.S.


The Reuters news agency reported Monday that the initial USA proposals had been watered down, citing a new version of the draft resolution.

Assistant Treasury Secretary Marshall Billingslea acknowledged at a House hearing that he had not seen sufficient evidence past sanctions were effective, but defended the administration's strategy. This time officials said they wanted to circulate their own draft.

The UN has imposed several sanctions on Pyongyang, considering its incessant nuclear and ballistic missiles test, which have become a threat for several nations including South Korea, Japan and the United States.

NORTH Korea has hit back after a United States vow to push for more sanctions against the hermit nation.

The original draft which went into circulation last week calls for an embargo on oil exports to North Korea.

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