UN Security Council Slaps New Sanctions On North Korea

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

North Korea warned the United States it will face the "greatest pain" after the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions to punish it for conducting a sixth nuclear test.

The resolution is a watered-down version of the original USA proposal. According to analysts, these tests demonstrate that Pyongyang not only possesses nuclear weapons, but also missiles that can reach the west coast of the United States.

The official defended the USA mission from critics who say the sanctions were watered down, arguing an early draft from the US was given to the press to place pressure on any who might seek to soften the sanctions.

But after the latest nuclear test, Haley took a more public approach, announcing that she would circulate a draft resolution to all council members and that she meant to call for a vote on September 11.

Park Soo-hyun, the presidential spokesman added, "North Korea should stop testing the stern resolve of the worldwide community, for the only way to escape from diplomatic isolation and economic pressure is to return to the negotiating table for a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization".

But after negotiations in recent days, mainly among the council's veto powers - the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France - the revised draft appears to resemble another incremental increase in sanctions on Pyongyang.

On Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously made a decision to step up sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test, prompting a war of words between diplomats at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. "North Korea is acting so brazenly because it has nuclear weapons".

While China and Russian Federation have approved the sanction, they are clearly not entirely satisfied with the approach.

"We are getting spontaneous, immediate reaction to certain events - like the missile launch that overflies Japan, or [the firings of] ICBMs that could reach the USA - in regards to developments with North Korea", DeTrani said.

No sanctions will make North Korea change its policies, says the country's ambassador to Moscow. The world may be trying to isolate North Korea, but it is South Korea that seems to be finding itself increasingly isolated when it comes to being able to its defense.

The sanctions follow a series of North Korean missile tests in recent months, culminating in an intercontinental ballistic missile that appeared to bring much of the United States mainland into range. Textile exports, banned under the resolution, represent more than a quarter of North Korea's export income.

The UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions in a watered-down resolution without an oil import ban or worldwide asset freeze on the government and leader Kim Jong Un.

"We all know these steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively", said Haley, adding the resolution "would not have happened without the strong relationship between President Trump and President Xi, and we greatly appreciate both teams".

"Democrats will protect America and our allies, press China to restrain North Korea, and sharpen the choices for Pyongyang to compel it to abandon its illegal nuclear and missile programs". But it still proposes a ban on textile exports. The North Korean regime has not passed the point of no return ...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at a conference hosted by CNBC on Tuesday that he would pursue sanctions against China if it does not adhere to the Security Council resolution.

While the People's Republic of China has been a longtime political comrade of the quaintly titled Democratic People's Republic of Korea, unquestionably Beijing is quietly nervous about what their erstwhile comrades in Pyongyang may do to trigger a regional conflict which will no doubt result in the DPRK's destruction, but more significantly in regional chaos.

The final agreement was reached after negotiations between the USA and China, the North's ally and major trading partner.

Regardless of how strong the measures are, their effectiveness remains in the hands of the United Nations member states that implement them.

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