N.Korea warns U.S. over sanctions push

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote on a resolution imposing new restrictions on North Korea on Monday afternoon, in response to Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date on September 3.

The United States watered down an initial tougher draft resolution to win the support of Pyongyang ally China and Russian Federation.

The new sanctions banned Pyongyang's profitable textile exports and capped fuel supplies. So far, there is no indication that the United States is interested in such talks. "We are not looking for war", Haley said after the council's vote.

Seibert said there had been no concrete request for Germany's help in initiating discussions over the North Korean crisis. When President Donald Trump has made a decision to lead, as on the smaller, intra-Arab showdown in the Gulf, the parties paid only the briefest respect for his effort and then resumed their feud.

President Donald Trump says the latest round of United Nations sanctions for North Korea are only a small step. U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Niki Haley told Aljazeera that these are the "strongest possible measures" for North Korea.

Peru on Monday ordered North Korea's ambassador to leave the country within five days because of Pyongyang's nuclear tests in defiance of the global community. Haley and other USA officials have repeatedly dismissed the plan.

"On this scale of threats, intimidation and insults it's probably just par for the course from North Korea", Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday. We consider it necessary to take all possible measures to preserve the non-proliferation regime.

It said the US would pay a "due price" if the sanctions proposed by Washington, D.C. are adopted.

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The latest sanctions look to stop the country from receiving income for its missile program.

Security Council diplomats, who weren't authorized to speak publicly because talks have been private, said the USA and China were still negotiating the text late Sunday.

United Nations member states will halt imports of textiles from North Korea, its second largest export after coal and other minerals in 2016 that totalled $US752 million ($NZ 1.3 billion) and accounted for a quarter of its income from trade, according to South Korean data.

"Today's resolution completely bans natural gas and other oil byproducts that could be used as substitutes for the reduced petroleum".

North Korea's Foreign Ministry issued a statement early on Monday saying that it was "ready and willing" to respond with its own measures should a new round of sanctions be approved later in the day.

"This resolution also puts an end to the regime making money from the 93,000 North Korean citizens it sends overseas to work and heavily taxes".

This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional United States dollars 500 million or more in annual revenues, she added.

She said the worldwide community was doing that by hitting North Korea's ability to fund its weapons programme.

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