U.S. waters down North Korea sanctions draft before United Nations vote

Danny Woods
September 12, 2017

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea over the country's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on 3 September, imposing a ban on the country's textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to find a peaceful diplomatic resolution to North Korea's increasing missile and nuclear defense tests, a spokesperson for Merkel said Monday, according to Reuters.

The major powers than convened an emergency session of the security council where U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley argued forcefully for harsher sanctions, saying, "enough is enough", and that Kim was "begging for war".

The International community condemned North Korea for testing the hydrogen bomb on August 27, marking the sixth time the isolated state has tested a nuclear weapon.

Peru's foreign ministry statement said the decision was made given North Korea's "repeated and flagrant violation" of previous UN Security Council resolutions, which "constituted a serious and unacceptable threat to worldwide peace and security, as well as stability in northeast Asia and in the world".

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If implemented the sanctions will be the toughest-ever yet on the North Korean regime.

The ministry stressed that the proposed sanctions were aimed at undermining North Korea's sovereignty to an extreme level, and added that Pyongyang was closely monitoring USA moves.

China, North Korea s sole ally and main trading partner, had strongly objected to an oil embargo initially sought by the United States out of fear that it would bring the North s economy to its knees.

China, North Korea's top trading partner, is not eager to endorse sanctions that could undermine Pyongyang stability and cause millions of refugees to cross its border. "The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the U.S. the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history", the statement read.

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