UN Security Council Steps Up Pressure On North Korea

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

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U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood hailed the Security Council sanctions imposed Monday, saying "the global community will never accept North Korea as a nuclear weapons state".

The UN security council imposed a ban on North Korea textile exports and a ceiling on the country's imports of crude oil on Monday, ratcheting up sanctions that are likely to hit the country's ordinary citizens.

North Korea warned the United States that it would pay a "due price" for spearheading efforts for fresh sanctions for this month's nuclear test. It retains language reaffirming support for long-stalled six-party talks with that goal involving North Korea, the U.S., Russia, China, Japan and South Korea. That would shave off roughly 10 percent of what North Korea now gets from China, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. But Royce, who said he had breakfast with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday before the hearing, insisted that sanctions could still have an important impact.

North Korea's state media attacked both Haley and the resolution ahead of the vote, vowing the USA would face "the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history".

But, he says, "those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen".

Some 93,000 North Koreans work overseas, providing Kim's regime with a source of revenue to develop its missile and nuclear programs, according to a United States official familiar with the negotiations.

Trump is likely to make a stop in China in November during his first official visit to Asia and Tillerson was due to hold talks later on Tuesday with China's most senior diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, at which details of the trip are expected to be discussed, US officials said.

He urged the administration to "dramatically ramp up" US sanctions designations of entities that deal with North Korea, particularly Chinese banks.

Calls for a total ban of the export of oil products to North Korea amplified after the country's sixth nuclear test on August 3. "The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the U.S. the greatest pain and suffering it had [sic] ever gone though in its entire history". "North Korea has not yet passed the point of no return", she said.

Russian Federation and China are pushing for talks with North Korea, but their proposal for a freeze on Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests in exchange for suspending US-South Korean military drills has been rejected by the United States.

"Russia is now a player in this realm", Anthony Ruggiero, former Treasury Department official and now a senior fellow working with the think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the Post.

The country's top five banks-Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Bank of Communications-will freeze the opening of new accounts by North Korean individuals or companies.

The American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, yesterday suggested the U.S. was not looking for war and North Korea could "reclaim its future" by abandoning its nuclear program.

As expected, and continuing the merry-go-round, North Korea has responded by saying that "if the U.S. adheres to sanctions and pressure it will face unprecedentedly resolute counteraction it can not hold control of".

China Construction Bank (CCB) has "completely prohibited business with North Korea", said a bank teller at a branch in the northeastern province of Liaoning.

Urging the Trump administration to "do diplomacy instead of all this bluster", Richardson said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that "we need to talk to North Korea in some way but get something in exchange for that".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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