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

United Nations set for vote on North Korea sanctions

United Nations set for vote on North Korea sanctions

Though there was no announcement it would target the North Korean leader, the Times reported the brigade eerily recalls a commando unit in the 1960s that conducted a failed assassination attempt aimed at Kim's grandfather, Kim Il Sung.

The United States on Tuesday threatened to impose additional sanctions on China if it fails to implement the new United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

On Friday, Washington called for the council to vote on a draft resolution Monday that would impose new sanctions on North Korea for its latest nuclear test.

Although the resolution won unanimous backing from all 15 council members, the weakened penalties reflected the power of Russian Federation and China, which had objected to the original language and could have used their votes to veto the measure, reported New York Times.

North Korea Tuesday categorically rejected the new measures, with United Nations ambassador Han Tae-Song saying in Geneva that the USA had "fabricated the most vicious sanction resolution" and warning of retaliation.

"The forthcoming measures by DPRK [the Democratic Republic of Korea] will make the United States suffer the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history", he told a UN conference in Geneva.

It also accused the U.S. of trying to fabricate the harshest ever "sanctions resolution" by manipulating the United Nations Security Council over the country's latest hydrogen bomb test. She also urged the voting members of the world watchdog to take active measures against the defiant North Korean government. We are not looking for war.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a conference earlier that if China did not follow through on the new sanctions, "we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the US and global dollar system". "The choice is theirs".

The original US draft would have ordered all countries to impose an asset freeze and travel ban on Kim Jong Un and four other top party and government officials.

According to a draft version of a US -written United Nations resolution, Pyongyang would be prohibited from importing "crude oil, condensate, refined petroleum product and natural gas liquids".

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Joint ventures will be banned and the names of senior North Korean official and three entities were added to a United Nations sanctions blacklist that provides for an assets freeze and a global travel ban. Russia's exports of crude oil to North Korea are about 40,000 tonnes a year.

"The DPRK (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means", the Korean Central News Agency quoted the North Korean foreign ministry as saying.

"If North Korea continues its risky path, we will continue with further pressure", said Haley, who credited a "strong relationship" between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping for the resolution.

"If you allow [Kim Jong Un] to have nuclear weapons and South Korea and Japan and others, who are under our 'nuclear umbrella, ' don't, I think that's not balanced", the US senator said.

Chinese UN ambassador Liu Jieyi again called for talks "sooner rather than later". But the US official said North Korea now receives about 4.5 million barrels of refined petroleum products, which would mean a more than 50 percent cut.

The U.N. also added a ban on textile exports, which is known as the second biggest export business of North Korea that is valued at $700 million per year.

Peru's envoy, Maria Antonia Masana Garcia, said North Korea's ambassador to her country would be considered persona non grata.

But analysts were sceptical about their impact.

Kim, who was welcomed with a standing ovation, raised a toast to and praised the engineers for their contribution to a great auspicious event in the history of North Korea, in a reference to the test that had met with widespread condemnation globally and heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.

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