N Korea rejects United Nations sanctions, warns US

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

Republican Rep. Ed Royce, the committee chairman, said efforts by the United States and its allies to counter the threat from North Korea nuclear and missile programs should be "super-charged". "We are not looking for war", US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Council after the vote.

Rep. Eliot Engel, the committee's top-ranking Democrat, supported the pressure campaign but strongly criticized President Donald Trump's commentary on the North Korean crisis, which he said was making matters worse.

The resolution asks countries around the world to inspect ships going in and out of North Korea's ports (a provision put in place by the Security Council in 2009) but does not authorize the use of force for ships that do not comply, as the Trump administration had originally proposed. "If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it", she told the UN Security Council after the adoption of new sanctions.

The US House of Representatives will hold a hearing this week to address the North Korea issue following its latest nuclear test, the relevant committee said Monday.

"This is a compromise in order to get everybody on board", French UN Ambassador Francois Delattre said of the draft ahead of the vote. And now that there's a ban on textile exports, there is now a ban on every export in the North Korean market, which should start to send a message and warrant a positive response (well, or a negative one).

China also reported sending 6,000 barrels a day of oil products to North Korea previous year, according to the EIA, citing United Nations customs data.

The comments Tuesday came as North Korea faced renewed criticism at the Geneva-based body of its recent ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests.

Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which it claimed was a hydrogen bomb.

The official defended the US mission from critics who say the sanctions were watered down, arguing an early draft from the USA was given to the press to place pressure on any who might seek to soften the sanctions.

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The ambassador, Kim Hak-Chol, has five days to leave Peru, the foreign affairs ministry said in a statement.

DPRK stands for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. During a summit on September 6, South Korean President Moon Jae-in asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to cooperate on cutting off North Korea's supply of crude oil. In July, US senators introduced two bipartisan bills targeting North Korea's financial support system, primarily from China.

The pipeline, also called the Friendship Oil Pipeline, runs for more than 30 km from storage facilities in the Chinese border city of Dandong to an oil depot in Sinuiju in North Korea. "The alternative is, after all, a slide toward war".

A tougher initial US draft was weakened to win the support of China, Pyongyang's main ally and trading partner, and Russian Federation, both of which with veto power in the council.

Chinese officials have privately expressed fears that an oil embargo could risk causing massive instability in their neighbour.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stressed the need for consensus over North Korea and maintaining peace.

The new sanctions imposed unanimously by the UN Security Council Monday ban North Korean textile exports and restrict shipments of oil products.

Speaking to Fox News shortly after the nuclear test, Mnuchin had said he would prepare new sanctions to cut off all North Korean trade with other countries.

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