UN Security Council Approves New North Korea Sanctions

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

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

And the State Department has said that it's going to take time for any of these sanctions to have the effect that the USA wants, which is to pressure North Korea back to negotiations.

China's Foreign Ministry has said that it would support new United Nations measures as long as it promotes a political resolution.

DPRK stands for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Should the sanctions resolution pass, it said, Pyongyang's forthcoming measures "will cause the USA the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history".

On Monday, the UNSC, however, condemned Pyongyang for its "flagrant disregard" of its previous resolutions, and demanded that it immediately suspend its ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.

The draft, seen by Reuters on Sunday, no longer proposes blacklisting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. And the new measure dilutes the original language that would have banned the import of North Korean laborers altogether, saying that countries should not provide work authorization papers unless necessary for humanitarian assistance or denuclearization.

Pyongyang meanwhile appeared to draw a different lesson from the Security Council vote. The report also said that the sanctions had been softened to appease China and Russian Federation, citing diplomats.

A draft resolution needs nine affirmative votes from members of the Council and zero vetoes from permanent members in order to pass.

Haley addressed the question of how to enforce the sanctions, saying it would present a challenge but expressing optimism given Chinese cooperation on the resolution. Earlier this month, North Korea conducted a nuclear test, and it is reportedly getting ready for more missile tests.

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Johnson said talks with his European Union counterparts in Tallinn on Thursday had produced a "very very wide measure of agreement" on the need to do more to pile pressure on Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear programme.

The test sent powerful tremors across the region, suggesting the device used was the most powerful the nation has ever tested.

Experts noted the significance of China and Russian Federation both agreeing to the new sanctions so quickly.

North Korea commemorated the 69th anniversary of its founding on Saturday, holding large patriotic displays of dancing and devotion to the Kim family.

Diplomats said the new language, which was negotiated surprisingly swiftly after the North's latest nuclear test, was a tough but balanced measure created to address Chinese and Russian concerns.

More important, it is wholly unclear whether additional sanctions will persuade Pyongyang to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

"We don't worry very much", said another shop worker, Ri Jong Ok.

KCNA said Kim threw a banquet to laud the nuclear scientists and other top military and party officials who contributed to the nuclear bomb test last Sunday, topped with an art performance and a photo session with the leader himself.

North Korean leader Kim attended the glitzy event himself, where footage purportedly showing the explosion was played, accompanied by a full string orchestra.

The test, which the North said was a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a rocket, came weeks after Pyongyang fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that appeared to bring much of the mainland U.S. into range.

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