United Nations approves new sanctions on North Korea

Gladys Abbott
September 13, 2017

"We are acting in response to a unsafe new development", United States envoy Nikki Haley told the Security Council after the vote.

North Korea's embassy in Lima declined comment.

However, Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay, reporting from the South Korean capital Seoul, said that "we seem to be stuck in this endless cycle of provocation and condemnation, and there is no sign of either side - the USA and South Korea combined or North Korea - backing down from their state positions". At the same time, however, Chinese exports of diesel to North Korea increased from 367 tonnes in June to 1,162 tonnes in July.

"If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future".

But these measures fall short of the stronger sanctions the US called for after the Pyonyang regime detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear device last week.

"It's a partial victory", Richardson said Tuesday on Bloomberg TV. They also claim that North Korea will not relent when threatened. This resolution calls on countries to inspect ships if there are reasonable grounds for a search and only with consent.

North Korea has made rapid progress in its nuclear and missile programs despite multiple sets of United Nations sanctions, and Go Myong-Hyun at the Asan Institute of Policy Studies said the latest measures were "not enough to cause pain".

China had allegedly already begun suspending accounts held by North Korean's as its foreign minister Wang Yi said Beijing would be open further sanctions if it helped to open a dialogue with North Korea.

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Despite the rhetoric, there were signs both sides are looking for a diplomatic solution.

"In case the USA eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful "resolution" on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the US pays due price", the statement read, using the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Exports of North Korean textiles are prohibited, and other nations are barred from authorising new work permits for North Korean workers, putting a squeeze on two key sources of hard currency.

Most notably, the USA wanted to completely cut off oil imports to North Korea-a move that would handicap the country. He urged the administration to "dramatically ramp up" USA sanctions designations of entities that deal with North Korea, particularly Chinese banks. "If you are in a C-level suite in a bank in China you should be thinking about what's coming next". More than 90,000 North Korean workers employed overseas bring the regime about a half billion dollars a year.

It also prohibits North Korean imports of liquefied natural gas and condensates.

The United States has said that a previous round of sanctions agreed in August was aimed at cutting North Korea's $3 billion in exports by a third.

The US watered down an initial tougher draft resolution to win the support of Pyongyang ally China and Russian Federation. "It is their continued, illegal and aggressive actions that have brought us to this point, and it is North Korea that must change its course". Haley has rejected that proposal as "insulting".

South Korea has vowed to take an even tougher response to the North, while the UN Security Council is pushing for more sanctions on the regime. Short of a military conflict that analysts said could lead to millions of deaths and the destruction of Seoul, economic sanctions are among the few options available.

US President Donald Trump said the move was nothing compared to what would have to happen to deal with North Korea.

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