Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

New sanctions on North Korea may increase South Korean squid catch

New sanctions on North Korea may increase South Korean squid catch

United States officials released images which claim to show Chinese tankers transferring fuel to North Korean ships 30 times in just three months despite United Nations sanctions preventing countries from trading with Kim Jong-un's regime.

The aggressive tests have led to more worldwide sanctions and pressure on North Korea amid concerns that the window for stopping or rolling back its nuclear program is closing rapidly. Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho has been making headlines for his incendiary anti-U.S. statements, while Kim Jong-un's younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, was recently appointed as an alternate member of the country's top decision-making body. However, there are no plans to vaccinate the general public in South Korea, officials said.

North Korea's nuclear threat has been a major issue for Asian countries for years.

Further sanctions include changing the procedure in which North Koreans working overseas can send money home.

North Korea might need to be stopped by other methods than economic sanctions, Dr Andy Jackson warned.

The factory is meant to showcase Kim's efforts to boost North Korea's domestic economy and produce more, and better, consumer products.

The United States announced sanctions on two of North Korea's most prominent officials behind its ballistic missile programme on Tuesday, while Russian Federation reiterated an offer to mediate to ease tension between Washington and Pyongyang.

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In a rare expression of unanimity ~ after the prevarication over Libya and Syria ~ the Security Council has tightened the screws on North Korea in the immediate aftermath of the latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.

Kim Jong-sik and Ri Pyong-chol were both said to be "key" players in the development of Pyongyang's ICBM strategy.

Pyongyang launched their Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite in February 2016, which most in the worldwide community viewed as a disguised ballistic missile test.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has sought diplomatic solutions to the crisis, even saying earlier this month that he would be willing to meet with North Korean leadership "without preconditions".

The steps were the latest in a campaign aimed at forcing North Korea to abandon a weapons programme aimed at developing nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the United States.

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