McCain threatens North Korea with 'extinction'

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

Monday's decision was the ninth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member Security Council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes. In a clear message to North Korean threats to attack the United States, she said: "We will never forget the lesson that those who have evil intentions must be confronted".

The statement also said that the sanctions "verify that the road [North Korea] 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 right to finish is over".

In the wake of what Pyongyang claimed was the detonation September 3 of a hydrogen bomb that could be delivered on a missile capable of reaching the United States, Royce told columnist Josh Rogin, "I believe we have to come in full throttle with cutting off institutions, primarily financial institutions domiciled in China".

Speaking alongside the Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak, following a meeting at the White House, Mr Trump described new sanctions agreed by the United Nations on Monday evening as "a very small step".

The US had initially proposed a complete oil embargo and also said that the foreign accounts of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un should be frozen.

"This had the effect of reducing [North Korea's imports of] refined oil by 55% and decreasing the crude oil going into North Korea overall by 30%", he noted.

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In Dandong, tonnes of North Korean seafood are being smuggled into China every night despite the imposition of United Nations sanctions on August 15 and a resulting Chinese crackdown on the trade.

China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday (link in Chinese) that North Korea had "ignored global opposition and once again conducted a nuclear test, severely violating UN Security Council resolutions".

The US continues to emphasize that "all options are on the table", and Defense Secretary James Mattis warned after the hydrogen-weapon test while the United States doesn't seek "total annihilation" of North Korea, "any threat to the US, its territories like the Pacific island of Guam, or... allies would be met with a massive military response. both effective and overwhelming".

"The US needs to switch from isolation to communication in order to end an "endless loop" on the Korean peninsula where "nuclear and missile tests trigger tougher sanctions and tougher sanctions invite further tests", Xinhua said". Trump has vowed not to allow North Korea to develop a nuclear missile capable of hitting the mainland United States.

The resolution, though considered a watered-down version of the US draft, will reduce oil provided to North Korea by around 30 percent, according to the USA mission to the United Nations, and cut off over 55 percent of refined petroleum products going to the country.

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