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

Trump says United Nations sanctions on NKorea 'small step'

Trump says United Nations sanctions on NKorea 'small step'

General Shin Won-sik, South Korean's former top military strategist, said: "The best deterrence we can have, next to having our own nukes, is to make Kim Jong-un fear for his life".

Pyongyang's envoy to the United Nations accused Washington of opting for "political, economic and military confrontation".

"Today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea", she said.

The country's ambassador to the U.N., Han Tae Song, told the U.N. -sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva that North Korea "will make the us suffer the greatest pain" in response to the measures, according to Reuters.

Seeing limitations to UN-led sanctions, an increasing number of politicians, experts and general citizens in both the US and South Korea are joining the call for stationing United States tactical nuclear weapons here.

The U.S. proposed slashing projects employing North Korean workers overseas, but instead accepted sanctions aimed at gradually scaling them back.

Lawmakers pressed Billingslea, and Acting Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton for evidence new sanctions would be more effective.

Existing sanctions that were extended include the freezing of an additional individual's assets and both a travel ban and assets freeze to be imposed on three additional entities. He called on North Korea to "take seriously" the will of the global community to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development.

"Third, we will continue the discussion we launched last week on additional European Union sanctions to complement action decided by the Security Council and put maximum pressure on North Korea". "But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen", he added, without giving details. "We sent a message that anybody who wanted to trade with North Korea - we would consider them not trading with us". "We are not looking for war", Haley said after the council's vote.

Moreover, the Trump administration has been giving mixed signals as far its North Korea policy is concerned. "The choice is theirs".

While Russia and China back these measures, they have been calling for a freeze-for-freeze agreement, which would see the US and South Korea halt military drills in exchange for Pyongyang stopping its nuclear and missile program.

"The resolution adopted by the security council today reflects this principle of three commitments and demonstrates the unanimous position of the worldwide community of opposing DPRK's development of its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities".

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Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council: "We think it's a big mistake to underestimate this Russia, China initiative". It also bans the sale of condensates and natural gas liquids to the North.

The North's Foreign Ministry spokesman said the United States was "going frantic" to manipulate the Security Council over Pyongyang's nuclear test, which it said was part of "legitimate self-defensive measures".

"In the medieval system like North Korea, Kim's life is as valuable as hundreds of thousands of ordinary people".

Peru does not have any diplomats in North Korea.

Kim Jong Un made an unusual public appearance at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where he met with North Korean schoolteachers, according to a state media report on Tuesday.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously approved a fresh round of tougher sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

US President Donald Trump will visit China in November, a person familiar with his plans said, as tensions flare on the Korean peninsula due to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.

He also called for the removal of the American Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) antimissile battery from South Korea, even though the focus of the meeting was to vote on the resolution.

Ahead of the unanimous United Nations vote, the DPRK had said Monday the USA would pay the due price for spearheading the resolution.

Beijing believes Thaad, which employs a powerful radar, is a security threat to China and neighbouring countries.

Haley has called the proposal insulting.

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