China will restrict oil exports to North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
September 25, 2017

On Tuesday, the united nations, Donald Trump has called North Korea " regime vicious", threatening to "destroy totally" the country in case of attack from Pyongyang.

Speaking at the United Nations, the North Korean foreign minister called Trump "evil" and said that the Kim regime would "make sure that he bears consequences far beyond his words".

After a week in which through tweets and a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Trump introduced the derogatory nickname "Rocket Man" for Kim into worldwide news coverage and left open his prerogative to "totally destroy" North Korea, the president gave no ground on Friday in his public standoff with his adversary's leader.

Trump has long talked tough on North Korea, tweeting Friday that Kim was a "madman" who will be "tested like never before".

Trump also praised China on Thursday for what he said was instructions to its banks to cut off business with North Korea.

That resolution imposed a ban on condensates and natural gas liquids, a cap of 2 million barrels a year on refined petroleum products and a cap on crude oil exports to North Korea at current levels.

Trump said the new US sanctions are aimed at disrupting "critical North Korean shipping and trade networks".

A shallow 3.5-magnitude quake hit North Korea near the country's nuclear test site on Saturday, US seismologists said, in what Chinese experts said was a "suspected explosion", but Seoul deemed a "natural earthquake".

"If we are forced to defend ourselves and our allies, we will do so with military power that is effective and overwhelming", Pence told the Security Council.

After North's latest missile launch and the sixth nuclear test, the U.S. had suggested that its patience for diplomacy with Pyongyang was running out. Ri, who is due to speak to the United Nations on Saturday, added that he did not know Kim's exact thoughts.

"This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean nuclear tests".

The statement did not name any specific weapons systems.

Asked Thursday about new punishment for the North, Trump said: "We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea".

Trump's overheated language was rare for a USA president at the rostrum of the United Nations, but the speech was textbook Trump, dividing the globe into friends and foes and taking unflinching aim at America's enemies.

The president was set to meet with and have lunch Thursday in NY with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who represent the nations most imperiled by North Korea's aggression.

North Korea has been maintaining a torrid pace in nuclear and weapons tests as it accelerates its pursuit of nuclear weapons that could viably target the United States and its allies in Asia.

North Korean news agency KCNA also published rare criticism of official Chinese media, saying comments on North Korea's nuclear programme had damaged ties and suggested Beijing, its neighbour and only major ally, had sided with Washington. In a one-and-only such test in 1962, the US launched a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile from a submerged submarine.

The 2018 Games are to be staged in Pyeongchang, just 80 km (50 miles) from the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, the world's most heavily armed border.

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