Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Korea warns United States of 'greatest pain' over sanctions

Korea warns United States of 'greatest pain' over sanctions

In August, the Security Council unanimously approved a resolution to impose sanctions meant to cut annual North Korean export income by a third, or $1 billion.

The North's sixth ever nuke experiment on September 3, was its most powerful to date, as Pyongyang claimed it involved a hydrogen bomb that can fit on one of its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missiles.

China and Russian Federation also have urged the United States to suspend its joint military training with South Korea in exchange for a North Korean nuclear freeze.

Nations are expressing support for new United Nations restrictions placed on North Korea in reaction to its sixth nuclear test.

State Department and Treasury Department officials are testifying to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the pressure campaign against North Korea's weapons development. "North Korea is acting so brazenly because it has nuclear weapons".

The United States switched on its $800 million European missile defence umbrella in May a year ago at a site in Romania to protect against Iranian rockets. Textiles are North Korea's main source of export revenue after coal, iron, seafood and other minerals that have already been severely restricted by previous United Nations resolutions.

Although only 37 percent overall fear an imminent outbreak of war, the rate is 42 percent among those in their 20s, who have tended to be the most friendly to North Korea. Significantly, it stopped short of imposing a full embargo on oil exports to North Korea, most of which come from China.

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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.

North Korea's ambassador to Peru said Tuesday that Lima's decision to expel him was akin to "throwing gasoline on the fire" on the dispute over Pyongyang's nuclear tests that the country would continue to pursue "without wavering".

"We have been living under U.S. sanctions for decades", the diplomat said. She said the US would continue to act to disrupt North Koreas illicit activities wherever they are located.

At first, the USA called for a complete oil embargo and a freeze on the assets of leader Kim Jong Un.

The original USA 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. The Security Council resolution also prohibited any country from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers. North Korea says the test was of a hydrogen bomb, a weapon far more powerful than those tested earlier.

The Monday resolution is the eighth against Pyongyang since 2006. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has suggested the possibility of dialogue - but only if Pyongyang first agrees to freeze its nuclear program.

Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea credited China and Russias support of the United Nations resolution but said both countries “must do much more” to implement and enforce the sanctions, in the face of Pyongyangs ability to evade restrictions that have been progressively tightened for a decade.

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