Gerry Brownlee welcomes new North Korea sanctions

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

After North Korea performed its nuclear test, Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, accused the isolated nation of "begging for war" and called for the harshest round of sanctions yet.

The resolution bans the regime from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates, and caps Pyongyang's imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months.

North Korea is "ready to use a form of ultimate means", Han said.

The United States and its allies argue that tougher sanctions will pile pressure on Kim's regime to come to the negotiating table to discuss an end to its nuclear and missile tests. However, she also clarified that the United States wants a peaceful resolution to this conflict and doesn't want to go to war with Pyongyang, which is quite a contrast from her earlier stand when she had said the North Korea was "begging for war".

"This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional $500 million or more in annual revenues", she said.

Mr Trump welcomed the fact that the measures had been agreed unanimously by all 15 members of the council but said they were "nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen".

But U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday said the U.S. should be prepared to act alone, in a "supercharged" manner, to put maximum pressure on North Korea.

It was the eighth series of sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006, with previous resolutions having done little to halt Pyongyang's weapons ambitions. China supplies most of North Korea's crude.

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Pyongyang warned the United States on Monday that it would pay a "due price" for spearheading efforts on UN sanctions over its nuclear programme, which it said was part of "legitimate self-defensive measures".

The latest resolution does not include North Korean leader Kim Jong-un or his sister on its blacklist, as initially proposed.

Haley said the resolution aimed to hit "North Korea's ability to fuel and fund its weapons programme".

China's official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary that the Trump administration was making a mistake by rejecting diplomatic engagement with North Korea. He called on North Korea to "take seriously" the will of the worldwide community to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development.

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

Liu said relevant parties should resume negotiations "sooner rather than later".

It also bans joint ventures with North Korean entities, except for non-commercial public utility infrastructure projects not generating profits, and calls for the inspection of vessels on the high seas, if there are reasonable grounds to believe the cargo of such vessels is prohibited items.

2 June 2017: United Nations imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on four entities and 14 officials, including the head of North Korea's overseas spying operations.

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