North Korea sanctions 'nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen'

Gladys Abbott
September 13, 2017

North Korea is subject to United Nations sanctions that freeze any assets it holds offshore and forbid members from providing financial services, financial support or allowing banks to do business with the oppressive, nukes-and-missiles-capable hermit kingdom.

One of the two bills, the North Korean Enablers Accountability Act, introduced by Senator Cory Gardner in the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, would allow the USA president to "block any entity or financial institution implicated in any significant trade in goods or services with North Korea from the United States financial system". The original bill submitted by the USA was stricter in its limits; it specified a full ban on exports of oil to North Korea and an asset freeze on Kim Jung Un, the Worker's party and the government of North Korea.

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the new sanctions on the North were a small step.

And on September 3, the DPRK conducted its sixth test of a nuclear device - the most powerful its ever detonated - marking "an unacceptable provocation", Billingslea said.

There was also activity at another location in the Mount Mantap site involving large vehicles and mining equipment that suggests "onsite work could now be changing focus to further prepare those other portals for future underground nuclear testing", said 38 North, which monitors North Korea.

However, the poll showed that more people want stronger measures to pressure the North.

The move is part of the US Congress' effort to pursue swift passage and aggressive implementation of legislative tools that will make it easier for the executive branch to take action against foreign banks and companies to further isolate the reclusive country.

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

In the recent poll, the figure dropped to 32 per cent, while the proportion of South Koreans opposed to the idea rose to 65 per cent.

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United States officials have also hinted that they are ready to do more.

Government estimates of the yield from its sixth nuclear test vary from South Korea's 50 kilotons to Japan's 160, but 38 North, which is linked to Johns Hopkins University in the USA, raised its estimate to "roughly 250 kilotons", in line with upward revisions for the magnitude of the resulting tremor.

The researcher, who declined to reveal his name, also explained that there have been actual cases of attacks against South Korea.

Playing on Trump's "fire and fury" threat of a month ago, Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly said Trump's policy looks more like "fecklessness and failure". However, the damage from the smuggling of prohibited products to and from North Korea will have already been done. Trump, she suggested, was conveying that tougher measures can still be taken because the worldwide community is not "at the ceiling" of what can be done. "It does not know what is good for them, and we see that our kindness is not returned with kindness but ignorance and hostility", said 26-year-old student Yang Jin Young. The U.S. estimates about 93,000 North Koreans are working overseas, the U.S. official said.

"I heard Kim is very impulsive and I believe that he may really launch a nuclear bomb".

"China will continue to advance dialogue", he said.

There also seems to be concerns about the changes in the way Pyongyang deals with Seoul and its allies.

This amount would not have any effects on public health as South Korea's radiation levels remain normal, the commission added. "What is more serious is that the North is now ignoring the South".

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