NKorea rejects United Nations sanctions, says U.S. will suffer

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

It was the eighth series of sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006.

Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, told the Security Council on Monday that Moscow supported the resolution because "leaving nuclear tests without a firm reaction would be wrong".

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea in a watered-down resolution without an oil import ban or worldwide asset freeze on the government and leader Kim Jong Un that the Trump administration wanted.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said its land-based xenon detector in the northeastern part of the country found traces of xenon-133 isotope on nine occasions, while its mobile equipment off the country's east coast detected traces of the isotope four times.

This will not only starve the regime of any revenues generated through such arrangements, it will now stop all future foreign investments and technology transfers to help North Korea's nascent and weak commercial industries, a USA fact sheet said.

Xenon is a naturally occurring, colourless gas that is used in manufacturing of some sorts of lights.

When these new stronger sanctions are added to those passed last month, over 90 percent of North Korea s publicly reported exports are now fully banned.

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"We can designate Chinese banks and companies unilaterally, giving them a choice between doing business with North Korea or the United States", he said. Textiles are North Korea's main source of export revenue after coal, iron, seafood and other minerals that have already been severely restricted by previous United Nations resolutions.

"The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return", she said.

The world body banned North Korean textile exports on Monday, an important source of hard currency, and capped its imports of crude oil.

"That's a problem between us and the United States", Kim said.

Rycroft called the resolution "a very significant set of additional sanctions", declaring that "we are tightening the screw, and we stand prepared to tighten it further". They have proposed a freeze-for-freeze that would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the US and South Korea stopping their joint military exercises - but the Trump administration has rejected that. The same factors that have driven their success-lack of state control and secretiveness-would make them useful fund raising and money laundering tools for a man threatening to use nuclear weapons against the US.

Both Russia and China reiterated their proposal that the US and South Korea freeze all military drills - which anger North Korea - and asked for a halt in the deployment of the controversial anti-missile system Thaad, in exchange for Pyongyang's cessation of its weapons programmes.

North Korea operates what South Korea believes is an army of hackers expanding its focus from military espionage to financial theft.

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