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

UN Security Council Approves More Tough Sanctions On North Korea

UN Security Council Approves More Tough Sanctions On North Korea

A statement from North Korea's foreign ministry published on the state-controlled KCNA news agency threatened the USA should the sanctions be approved.

"We think it's just another very small step - not a big deal", Trump said, adding that he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "were just discussing not knowing if it has any impact".

North Korea on Monday threatened to "inflict pain and suffering" on the U.S., after Washington pushed for new sanctions against Pyongyang for its sixth nuclear test in the UN Security Council, the state-media reported.

The proposed sanctions were included in the draft resolution that circulated the Security Council members following the sixth nuclear test and recurrent missile launches of North Korea.

New bans on textile exports and overseas workers sending hard currency back to Pyongyang would starve the regime of at least $US1.3 billion in annual revenues - an estimated $US800 million (A$1 billion) and $US500 million (A$6.25 million) respectively, Ms Haley said. The Security Council imposed restrictions to exports of oil and oil products to North Korea.

The initial draft of the United Nations sanctions called for a ban on all oil and natural gas exports to North Korea and a freeze on all foreign financial assets of the government and leader Kim Jong Un.

The sanctions are another effort to stave the country of fuel and income, both of which are vital to its nuclear programmes. If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure. The US and South Korea rejected the proposal.

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Although the resolution won backing from all 15 council members, the weakened penalties reflected the power of Russian Federation and China.

Pyongyang claims it has tested a hydrogen bomb that can be fitted on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Peru's announcement follows a similar move by Mexico last week and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's public call last month for Latin American nations to isolate Pyongyang.

"They were the toughest and most comprehensive set of sanctions that had been imposed on North Korea to date", Ms Bishop said.

That's because his weapons programme gives him a deterrent against the United States, which North Korea frequently says wants to attack. Japan and France are said to be on board with the US furthering sanctions on North Korea.

The latest Security Council vote is regarded as a test of the global community's resolve on the crisis, and private talks on its content have been ongoing between China and the US.

"The adoption of sanction resolution against my country is an extreme manifestation of USA intention to eliminate at any cost the ideology, social system of DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and its people", the ambassador said while addressing other state representatives in Geneva.

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