UN Security Council Set To Vote On New Sanctions Against North Korea

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Tuesday it's fortunate that the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions on North Korea even though the resolution was watered down from its original draft.

The spike in activity began soon after the US said it planned to ratchet up sanctions against North Korea.

The original US draft would have ordered all countries to impose an asset freeze and travel ban on Kim Jong Un and four other top party and government officials. It would also ban new contracts for North Korean workers that are sent overseas.

The new draft includes a textile ban, which Washington had pushed for originally. That has failed to stop its progress towards developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could soon range the American mainland.

The goal of the latest measure is to isolate North Korea, leaving it with little choice but to come to the negotiation table.

"The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return", she added.

Lee also reiterated that Seoul is not considering bringing US nuclear weapons back into the country.

The resolution requires the end of all joint ventures with North Korea.

Besides exchanges, FireEye said an English-language bitcoin news website was breached by North Korea, which would likely allow hackers to identify people visiting the site.

The resolution also eliminates a USA proposal to authorize the use of force to board nine named ships, which it said violated previous United Nations sanctions resolutions, to carry out inspections, the AP reported.

The resolution was only passed unanimously after North Korea's allies Russian Federation and China agreed to softer sanctions than those proposed by the US. I mean US officials say at least the resolution gives them some new tools to crack down on smuggling - again, not as stringent as originally proposed. On 4 July, North Korea claimed it carried out its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

What happened next? On 3 September, North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb that could be miniaturised and loaded on a long-range missile.

China's United Nations ambassador, Liu Jieyi, said Beijing has been making "unremitting efforts" to denuclearize and maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

China's United Nations ambassador, Liu Jieyi, called for a resumption of negotiations "sooner rather than later". In June, the U.S. designated the Bank of Dandong, a regional Chinese bank, as a "primary money laundering concern" over its alleged help to North Korea in accessing the USA and global financial systems.

Guterres also reaffirmed his commitment to work with all parties to reduce tensions and promote a peaceful political solution "and to strengthening communications channels", Dujarric said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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