North Korea Warns US of Retaliation for Tough UN Sanctions

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

The sanctions fell short of the original United States demand for banning foreign travel by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and freezing his assets.

It is hoping for a Monday vote though both China and Russian Federation are thought to have raised opposition to the measures.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed new sanctions on Monday against the North after its sixth nuclear test which it claimed was a hydrogen bomb.

That could be a significant restriction.

Instead, annual crude oil supplies are capped at current levels - China is believed to supply around four million barrels a year through a pipeline, while deliveries of refined oil products such as gasoline and diesel are limited to two million barrels a year.

"It's just another very small step".

"We have lived under USA sanctions for decades, practically under the most severe sanctions", the diplomat said.

In a speech in Seoul to university students during that visit, Obama warned Pyongyang that if the regime didn't shift from its quest for nuclear weapons there would be "more broken dreams, more isolation, ever more distance between the people of North Korea and the dignity and the opportunity that they deserve".

Furthermore, the new measures ban new work permits for North Korean workers.

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.

Intelligence agencies and cybersecurity experts have also linked North Korea to WannaCry, the biggest cyberattack the world has ever seen. It also prohibits North Korean imports of liquefied natural gas and condensates.

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Biswas noted, however, that the situation with China remains both crucial and complicated.

The United States and its allies had been bracing for another long-range missile launch in time for the 69th anniversary of North Korea's founding on Saturday, but no fresh provocations were spotted while the North held numerous events to mark the holiday. At the same time, however, Chinese exports of diesel to North Korea increased from 367 tons in June to 1,162 tons in July.

It will also be a disappointment to South Korea, which has sought tough new sanctions that would be harder for Pyongyang to ignore, as it said dialogue remained on the table.

"The forthcoming measures. will make the U.S. suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history", North Korea's Ambassador to the UN Han Tae Song said on Tuesday.

"The DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the US pays a due price", the Korean Central News Agency said, citing a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and using initials for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with China's most senior diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi Tuesday, where the subject undoubtedly came up.

Textiles were North Korea's second-biggest export after coal and other minerals in 2016, totaling $752 million, according to data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.

But what Washington failed to get was equally telling.

The U.S. had pushed for a complete oil embargo for the latest United Nations punitive measures. He said that the U.S. has recently caught North Korea trying to disguise the origin of ships it's using - and added that cracking down on North Korean ship traffic will be crucial to enforcing sanctions.

In an interview published on Sunday United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the showdown over North Korea's nuclear and missile program was the world's worst crisis "in years" and had left him deeply anxious.

Both Beijing and Moscow had strong words for Washington.

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