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

North Korea sanctions 'nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen'

North Korea sanctions 'nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen'

The U.N. even had the support of Russian Federation and China during this morning's vote that pushed forth a "watered down" version of proposed economic (including oil import) sanctions, which are the most severe sanctions yet against North Korea.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the sanctions could eventually starve North Korea of an additional $500 million or more in annual revenue.

The initial sanctions included a ban on oil imports, the freezing of assets and a travel ban for North Korea's leader but those were later changed. He did not elaborate.

China's cooperation is key to enforcing any sanctions.

"I don't know if it has any impact, but certainly it was nice to get a 15 to nothing vote", Trump said Tuesday during a meeting with the Malaysian prime minister. According to 38 North, satellite pictures from last Friday, five days after the test, showed new activity in alternate tunnel portal areas at the Punggye-ri test site including parked trucks, mining carts and other equipments.

The US has still not ruled out a military option to halt North Korea's nuclear development, the White House confirmed Tuesday. That has have failed to stop its progress toward developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could soon range the American mainland.

The US president has wavered between criticizing China for not doing enough on North Korea to heaping personal praise on the Chinese President Xi Jinping. The ship then docked in Vladivostok, Russia, before finally going to China to presumably unload its cargo.

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The UN action was triggered by North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test this month.

"The success of the pressure strategy will depend on cooperation from worldwide partners, especially Beijing", said Susan Thornton, America's top diplomat for East Asia.

"We called on the relevant parties to work with China to push for dialogue and negotiation and make joint efforts to realize peace and stability on the Peninsula", he said.

Those tools include more sanctions. Frustrated that China had not done more to rein in North Korea, the Trump administration was mulling new sanctions in July on small Chinese banks and other firms doing business with Pyongyang, two senior US officials told Reuters.

Billingsea described the action as "a very clear warning shot that the Chinese understood".

The latest United Nations resolution calls on countries to inspect vessels at sea, with the consent of the flag state, if they have reasonable grounds to believe ships are carrying prohibited cargo to North Korea. This summer, the USA targeted two Russian companies with penalties for supporting North Korean missile procurement. The North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July and the sixth nuclear detonation with what is believed to be a hydrogen bomb early this month fueled talk of rearming USA forces here with tactical nuclear weapons.

Republican Rep. Ed Royce, the committee chairman, said USA and allied efforts should be "super-charged".

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