Peru expels North Korea ambassador over nuclear test blast

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

The initial U.S. proposal included an assets freeze on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and a complete ban on countries selling oil to his government, but the measures were softened to appease China and Russian Federation.

Republican Rep. Ed Royce, the committee chairman, said efforts by the USA and its allies to counter the threat from North Korea nuclear and missile programs should be “super-charged.”.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton, left, walks to her seat as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Marshall Billingslea, shakes hands with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., at the start of a hearing on North Korea sanctions, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

In August, the Security Council unanimously approved a resolution to impose sanctions meant to cut annual North Korean export income by a third, or $1 billion.

The United Nations has imposed a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test.

It bars countries from issuing new work permits to North Korean labourers sent overseas and seeks to phase out the practice by asking countries to report on the date for ending existing contracts.

But underscoring the big questions about Chinese and Russian compliance, senior US officials told the House Foreign Affairs Committee today that effective enforcement by both of the North's neighbors and trading partners will be the acid test of whether sanctions work.

Briefing the USA lawmakers, Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea displayed satellite photos to demonstrate North Korea's deceptive shipping practices.

All the fifteen members including China, Russia, Japan and others voted against the Pyongyang and approved sanctions, including "a ban on the sale of natural gas liquids to the North-East Asian nation, and on its textile exports".

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The UNSC is due to vote on a US-drafted resolution concerning North Korea today, which aims to ban the country's oil trade, textile exports and labour force employment outside its borders.

Bannon, who was let go by Trump last month, told a private lunch gathering in Hong Kong that he still "speaks with President Donald Trump every two to three days", the Wall Street Journal reported.

However, Elleman said that US missile sites in Alaska and California, as well as in Japan and South Korea, were likely to be given priority before Europe, when they are ready in 2018.

Undaunted by the global criticism of its test, which Pyongyang says was of a hydrogen bomb, Pyongyang celebrated through the weekend, with concerts and banquets for the country's nuclear scientists and engineers.

Describing the North's access to hard currency as its "Achilles heel", he urged the administration to target more entities dealing with North Korea, particularly Chinese banks.

The EU is now imposing a series of sanctions on North Korea, some at the initiative of an individual of the Union and some are committed to United Nations resolutions.

North Korea says its weapons development is vital to stave off the threat of a U.S. invasion. "If they can not, we will not let them use it", the staffer added.

Kim Kwang-Jin, a former North Korean finance worker in Singapore, said the insurance company he worked for sent money directly to the Dear Leader.

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