UN Security Council approves new North Korea sanctions

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea, banning textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test.

But how effective will this round - the ninth round in 11 years - be in slowing down or freezing the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs?

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

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The South Korean Foreign Ministry in a statement also lauded the adoption of UNSC Resolution 2375 as a response to the Pyongyang's latest nuclear test, which it said "showed the strong will of the global community that it will not allow North Korea's reckless and irresponsible nuclear weapons development, a serious provocation to worldwide peace and security".

A defiant North Korea for its part "categorically rejected" the resolution, saying the United States was "fired up" for confrontation and would soon face the "greatest pain" it had ever experienced.

"We are not looking for war". The Post reports a "web of shell companies" engaged in contraband trade with the North Korean regime.

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He called on anyone aware of efforts to enable North Korean trade to come forward before getting caught, warning: "We are closing in on North Korea's trade representatives". "The choice is theirs".

We have long reported that Russian Federation was increasing its trade with North Korea as China began to reduce flows per the request of President Trump in the face of Kim Jong-un's nuclear weapon development and ballistic missile tests. However, these proposals were dropped later.

The resolution freezes the regime's imports of crude oil at the current level, which is presumed to be 4 million barrels a year or 540,000 tons. Additionally, other countries now can not issue work permits to North Korean labourers and firms can not indulge in joint ventures with the nation either.

2 June 2017: United Nations imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on four entities and 14 officials, including the head of North Korea's overseas spying operations. The resolution also prohibits the use of force should the vessels not comply, as had been proposed by the US. It's possible North Korea is either trying to run out the clock on the United States, betting on the unlikelihood of President Donald Trump resorting to the "fire and fury" response he threatened in August.

Han rejected the resolution as "illegal and unlawful" and said Washington was "fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation". It capped North Korea's oil exports, banned textile exports and prohibited countries worldwide from providing new work permits to North Korean workers. "The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the United States the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history".

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