UN Security Council imposes new sanctions on North Korea

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

The council banned North Korean textile exports and capped its imports of crude oil. The agency cited United Nations customs data showing that China reported sending 6,000 barrels a day of oil products to North Korea, which it said is mostly gasoline and diesel fuel vital to the country's agriculture, transportation and military sectors.

The International community condemned North Korea for testing the hydrogen bomb on August 27, marking the sixth time the isolated state has tested a nuclear weapon.

"The new United Nations sanctions on oil exports to North Korea are relatively moderate in scope compared to the original USA proposal regarding oil exports, and would be unlikely to have much impact on the operations of the North Korean military", he said.

Earlier in the day, North Korea warned the USA of "greatest pain" if it pushed ahead with a tougher UNSC resolution.

"The North Korean regime is still getting some fuel supplies from China, which can keep its most essential operations functioning", he said. It still proposes a ban on textile exports.

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.

As for North Koreans working overseas, the official said the US expects the cutoff on new work permits will cost North Korea about $500 million a year once current work permits expire.

But later in the day, the U.S. put forward another draft that removed the full oil embargo, asset freeze, travel ban for Kim and softened the language on foreign workers and other issues. The resolution adopted Monday adds only one person to the sanctions list - Pak Yong Sik, a member of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Military Commission, which controls the country's military and helps direct its military industries.

Europe should stand united in trying to bring about a diplomatic solution and "do everything that can be done in terms of sanctions", she said.

"There are no easy answers when it comes to a state that is so willing to walk away from the global order, that is so willing to violate UN Security Council resolutions", Senator Wong told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

China and Russian Federation had called for a resolution focused on a political solution to the escalating crisis over North Koreas nuclear program.

North Korea's top envoy to a leading United Nations disarmament body said Tuesday his country "categorically" rejects the new sanctions.

Putin has remained firm however that such sanctions on oil would have negative humanitarian effects on North Koreans.

He said China was not doing enough to curtail its support of North Korea and that the United States should use economic leverage to influence Beijing. "The response and actions the Security Council makes should be conducive to the denuclearization of the peninsula, conducive to safeguarding the peace and stability of the peninsula, and conducive to push forward the use of peaceful and political means to resolve the peninsula nuclear issue".

It retains language on the council's "determination to take further significant measures" in the event of a new nuclear test or ballistic missile launch.

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