UN Security Council to vote Monday on weakened North Korea sanctions: diplomats

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

North Korea described the test, on September 3, as the detonation of a hydrogen bomb that could be delivered on a missile.

The resolution imposes a ban on condensates and natural gas liquids, a cap of 2 million barrels a year on refined petroleum products, and a cap on crude oil exports to North Korea at current levels. It still proposes a ban on textile exports.

A USA -drafted resolution originally calling for an oil embargo on the North, a halt to its key exports of textiles and subjecting leader Kim Jong Un to a financial and travel ban have been weakened, apparently to placate Russian Federation and China which both have veto powers, diplomats said.

Tuesday's hearing comes a day after the U.N. Security Council imposed its latest sanctions over what North Korea says was a hydrogen bomb test. John McCain on Sunday called for the United States to step up its presence around North Korea and make clear to its leader, Kim Jong Un, that aggressive acts would lead to the annihilation of his country.

Royce said Washington did not need Beijing's cooperation to increase pressure on North Korea.

The North's Foreign Ministry issued a statement Monday saying it is watching the United States' moves closely and threatened it is "ready and willing" to respond with measures of its own.

China's United Nations ambassador, Liu Jieyi, urged North Korea to "take seriously the expectations and will of the global community" and called on all parties to remain "cool-headed" and not stoke tensions.

Ambassador Han Tae Song also lashed out at the United States during a plenary session of the U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament, saying North Korea denounces Washington's "evil intention" and would "make sure the USA pays a due price".

"As the U.S.is focused on the crude oil aspect".

There are also restrictions on textiles, which are North Korea's second-biggest export after coal and other minerals.

"The North Korean regime is still getting some fuel supplies from China, which can keep its most essential operations functioning", he said.

Britain's U.N. ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, told reporters who questioned the watering down of the initial US text that "there is a significant prize in keeping the whole of the Security Council united and I very much hope that all my council colleagues will vote in favor of the revised draft".

"If it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future".

The original US draft would also have frozen the assets of North Korea's state-owned airline Air Koryo, the Korean People's Army and five other powerful military and party entities.

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.

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

The resolution also adds language underscoring the Security Council's commitment to North Korea's sovereignty and territorial integrity, to "a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation", and "its concern that developments on the Korean Peninsula could have unsafe, large-scale regional security implications".

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