UN Security Council adopts new North Korea sanctions

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

The U.S. informed the Security Council on Friday night of its plan to call the vote, the State Department said in a brief statement, adding it would look to impose further penalties on Pyongyang.

"If the goal of the sanctions is to create difficulties for ordinary workers and their ability to make a livelihood, then a ban on textiles will work", said Paul Tjia, an outsourcing specialist who regularly visits North Korea.

Haley said these are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is ready to intervene directly in a diplomatic initiative to end the nuclear and missile program of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), a German newspaper reported Sunday. Haley has dismissed it as insulting. "This was a small step in that process, and we're hoping that they'll all take a greater role and a more active role in putting pressure on North Korea".

"We also won't open new accounts now".

Another challenge is that clothes can be partly made in China and partly in North Korea with a "Made in China" label attached to the finished product.

Apart from the US, China, and Russian Federation, the sanctions have also been lauded by South Korea who said that these bans are a proof that Pyongyang's defiance will continue isolating it from other nations.

North Korea's ambassador, Han Tae Song, told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday the United States was "fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation". If Trump didn't issue any tough sanctions against China after his voluble, help-the-working-man campaign in 2016, he's unlikely to do so now, when the U.S.is trying to woo China into helping it pressure North Korea to halt or abandon its nuclear ambitions.

Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera urged tougher sanctions, including curbing oil supplies to North Korea.

"This is a compromise in order to get everybody on board", French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said of the draft ahead of the vote.

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That would amount to a 10 percent cut in oil products, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), which estimates annual exports to North Korea at almost 2.2 million barrels.

In addition, the Council banned textile imports, including fabrics and partially completed apparel, beginning 90 days from the adoption of the resolution.

The latest proposed resolution seen by AFP would slap an embargo on natural gas exports to North Korea, place a ceiling on deliveries of refined oil products and cap crude oil shipments at their current level.

Russian Federation and China, who have veto powers, opposed certain conditions in the draft resolutions, opening a new round of negotiations which concluded with a decision to soften the measure to curtailing crude oil sales to the country rather than prohibiting them completely.

The UN Security Council on Monday had unanimously approved a new round of sanctions aimed at stifling North Korea's economy, which includes limitations on Pyongyang's petroleum and by-product imports as well as a ban on its textile exports.

Chinese banks have come under spotlight as a means for North Korea to receive and send funds.

Lawmakers who spoke Tuesday supported the US pressure tactics, while voicing skepticism that North Korea could be forced into abandon nuclear weapons it regards as a guarantee of survival for the Kim dynasty.

The ailing senator also warned that if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "acts in an aggressive fashion, the price will be extinction".

The UN move was triggered by the North's sixth and largest nuclear test this month. "If they can not, we will not let them use it", the staffer said.

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