NKorea rejects United Nations sanctions, says USA will suffer

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

China, the North's lone major ally, may be most critical though in deciding if oil sanctions go ahead because it controls an oil pipeline that industry sources say provides about 520,000 tonnes of crude a year to the North.

The council banned North Korean textile exports and capped its imports of crude oil.

On Monday, the U.S. circulated a draft resolution that called for a full ban on exports of oil to North Korea and an asset freeze on leader Kim Jong Un, the Worker's Party and the government of North Korea.

The comments Tuesday came as North Korea faced renewed criticism at the Geneva-based body of its recent ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests.

The U.S. has rejected proposals from both countries that it stop joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for a halt to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests. John McCain says the US needs to step up actions against North Korea and send a message to leader Kim Jong Un that aggressive acts will lead to his country's destruction.

Haley reiterated that the United States does not want war and said "North Korea has not yet passed the point of no return".

"The world will witness how the DPRK tames the US gangsters by taking a series of actions tougher than they have ever envisaged", the unnamed spokesman said.

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

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

The tensions have weighed on global markets, but there was some relief on Monday among investors that North Korea refrained from conducting another missile test this past weekend to celebrate 69 years since its founding.

"The North Korean regime is still getting some fuel supplies from China, which can keep its most essential operations functioning", he said.

Textiles were North Korea's second-biggest export after coal and other minerals in 2016, totaling $752 million, according to data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.

But the measures could founder on opposition from permanent Security Council members Russian Federation and China.

It will also be a disappointment to South Korea, which has sought tough new sanctions that would be harder for Pyongyang to ignore, as it said dialogue remained on the table.

The resolution also adds language underscoring the Security Council's commitment to North Korea's sovereignty and territorial integrity, to "a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation", and "its concern that developments on the Korean Peninsula could have risky, large-scale regional security implications".

During the banquet on Saturday, Kim spurred his engineers to make "redoubled efforts, not slackening the spirit displayed by them in bringing the great auspicious event of the national history", the North Korean news agency said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER