US circulates revised UN draft resolution on N. Korea sanctions: diplomats

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

The United States also stepped away from insisting that the U.N. authorize use of military force to interdict North Korean vessels at sea that are suspected of smuggling banned components for its nuclear or ballistic missile programs.

"It is only possible to criticize and rebuke China and Russian Federation for not enforcing the sanctions if they vote for it at the UN Security Council", he said.

Opened in 2004, the factory zone had housed 124 South Korean firms hiring more than 54,000 North Korean workers to produce labor-intensive goods such as clothes and utensils.

The sanctions target gas and oil imports and ban textile exports from the secretive state, as well as limiting the number of foreign workers it can send overseas.

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) says estimates suggest Pyongyang imports about 10,000 barrels of crude oil a day, nearly all of it from China.

Combined with previous sanctions, the official said, 90 per cent of North Korea's declared exports, including seafood, coal and textiles, will be embargoed.

Others saw the move as more incremental than substantial.

The UN imposed its most severe round of sanctions against North Korea just weeks ago, which included a complete ban on coal and iron exports as well as blocking global sales of North Korean seafood and lead ore.

Earlier in the day, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing examining North Korea and sanctions, which included calls to cut off the rogue nation's ties to banks.

While in North Korea, which was marking the nation's founding anniversary on Saturday, local media issued fresh calls for a nuclear arms buildup, in defiance of the mounting worldwide sanctions.

More news: UN Security Council unanimously approves strictest sanctions yet on North Korea

Both states, which each have the power to veto any resolution, have been reluctant to pursue tougher penalties on North Korea.

"Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea".

North Korea threatened to make the United States pay a "due price" on Monday for leading the push for fresh sanctions on Pyongyang.

The North flight-tested its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs twice in July and analysis of flight data suggested that the missiles could reach deep into the U.S. mainland when perfected.

MCEVERS: Does that mean the U.S.is the outlier here? It has been over 70 years since nuclear attack happened in Japan.

"If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future". What does this resolution do, and does it have the teeth that the Trump administration wanted it to have?

"And no new work visas will be issued".

Mr Nebenzia previously raised a proposal along with China to offer a suspension of United States and South Korean military exercises in exchange for the suspension of North Korean nuclear and missile testing.

Washington:The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a US-drafted resolution that imposes strongest sanctions ever on North Korea, with measures targeting its last remaining major exports and reducing about 30 per cent of oil provided to it. She said North Korea was "begging for war". The U.N. only started hitting whole sectors of the North Korean economy a year ago, and textiles is the latest.

The United States is attempting to "strangle and completely suffocate" North Korea, the country's Foreign Ministry said, and Pyongyang "shall make absolutely sure that the US pays due price".

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