N Korea vows to boost weapons programme after sanctions

Frederick Owens
September 14, 2017

Yet the supplies were explicitly excluded from the resolution passed by the UN Security Council on Monday in response to Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test. The US had originally proposed harsher sanctions, including a total ban on oil imports by North Korea.

"The forthcoming measures by DPRK (North Korea) will make the United States suffer the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history", he told a disarmament conference in the Swiss city.

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations was quoted saying, "Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea, and today the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves". China also provides 90 percent of North Korea's fossil fuel.

"We think it's just another very small step - not a big deal", President Donald Trump said Tuesday.

Welcoming the resolution, UN Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the importance of maintaining unity in the Security Council in tackling security challenges on the Korean Peninsula and beyond. "The choice is theirs".

The initial sanctions included a ban on oil imports, the freezing of assets and a travel ban for North Korea's leader but those were later changed.

The resolution instead bans trade in textiles, cuts off natural gas shipments to North Korea, places a ceiling on deliveries of refined oil products and caps crude oil shipments at current levels. It also clarifies that member states have the right to seize and destroy any cargo suspected of being related to North Korean military research and development.

Unfortunately, the new sanctions are likely to have more of a symbolic effect than a tangible one. But the detected xenon-133 is a radioactive isotope that does not occur naturally and which has been linked to North Korea's nuclear tests in the past.

The missile, manufactured by Germany's Taurus Systems, has a maximum range of 310 miles and is created to avoid North Korean radar.

And Mark Fitzpatrick, the executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies office in Washington, toldThe New Yorker that Kim's fanatical soldiers might use guerilla tactics against USA forces in the North.

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It is a hard balancing act, however - one that pits South Korea's preference for diplomatic talks against its need to deter a potentially unstable northern neighbour with nuclear ambitions.

The foreign minister, who will be in NY next week for UN leadership meetings, called on all nations to fully implement the sanctions.

North Korea said the resolution was fabricated by the USA which was employing all sorts of despicable and vicious means and methods against it.

But analysts were sceptical about their impact.

North Korea's top envoy to a leading U.N. disarmament body says his country "categorically" rejects a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing new sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs.

“We don't take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today.

Liu Ming, a North Korean affairs analyst from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said technical factors with the pipeline were real and "could not be ignored".

The North's foreign ministry condemned the new measures "in the strongest terms", calling them a "full-scale economic blockade" driven by the U.S. and aimed at "suffocating" its state and people.

Pyongyang has staged a series of missile tests in recent months that appeared to bring much of the U.S. mainland into range.

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