UN Security Council Steps Up Pressure On North Korea

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

The only sanction that has been retained from the USA original wish list is a ban on exports of North Korean textiles.

That would mean North Korea imports almost 2.2 million barrels a year in petroleum products, so the 2 million barrel cap in the resolution would represent a 10 percent cut.

Han added that the DPRK is "ready to use a form of ultimate means" adding 'the forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the US suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history'.

"Instead of making (the) right choice with rational analysis, ".

The draft resolution also bars United Nations countries from employing North Korean guest workers, who typically send nearly all their earnings home to support the Pyongyang government, strengthening a clause of last month's unanimously approved United Nations resolution that merely capped the number of North Korean workers overseas. Late Sunday, after a series of closed-door meetings, a revised draft emerged, setting a cap on oil exports to North Korea, but not blocking them altogether.

The US has circulated a draft resolution that would, aside from barring crude oil shipments to North Korea, ban the nation's exports of textiles and prohibit employment of its guest workers by other countries, according to a diplomat at the world body.

Reacting on Tuesday, Mr Trump said: "We think it's just another very small step, not a big deal".

Despite this Trump's comments conveyed little enthusiasm for the impact of the latest sanctions and while saying that they are "nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen", the U.S. President provided little indication of what that would entail.

The U.N. Security Council will vote on the newly-proposed sanctions Monday evening, which are not heavily "watered down" according to multiple reports. "War is never something the Unites States wants - we don't want it now". The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return.

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South Korea braced for a possible further missile test by North Korea when it marks its founding anniversary on Saturday.

Moreover, South Korea Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said that North Korean leader is likely to launch another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) "on September 9".

Monday's resolution was the ninth one unanimously adopted by the United Nations since 2006.

The United States and its allies argue that tougher sanctions will pile pressure on Kim's regime to come to the negotiation table to discuss an end to its nuclear and missile tests.

The textile ban is significant.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on state media that if the U.S. "does rig up the illegal and unlawful 'resolution, '" it would respond in kind.

The United States dropped demands that Kim be added to a UN sanctions blacklist, hitting the North Korean leader with an assets freeze and global travel ban.

North Korea says the test was of a hydrogen bomb, a weapon far more powerful than those tested earlier.

It was the ninth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.

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