Nations slap N Korea with more sanctions

Cheryl Sanders
September 13, 2017

"It's been a long, long time of waiting for China to comply with the sanctions that we pass and, frankly, with the sanctions that the United Nations passed", he said.

Haley said the goal of these measures is to convince Kim Jong Un to surrender his nuclear weapons, but leaders out of North Korea rejected the decision calling the sanctions illegal.

President Donald Trump called for harsh measures to be taken against the country, even considering the possibility that the USA would stop trading with any country that traded with North Korea.

"The DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the USA pays due price", its foreign ministry said, in a statement published by the official KCNA news agency.

It followed up with a sixth nuclear test on September 3, its largest to date, which North Korea said was a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit onto a missile.

One Bank of China staff member said, "all bank activities related to North Korea are suspended now because it is a sanctioned country".

The new draft resolution drops a bid to remove an exception for transshipments of Russian coal via the North Korean port of Rajin.

"We need to use every ounce of put maximum pressure on this rogue regime", the Republican congressman told a hearing on North Korea.

A spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry issued a similar statement through the official Korean Central News Agency, claiming Pyongyang is "ready to destroy" and employ other "last resort methods".

British ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft said: "There is a significant prize in keeping the whole of the Security Council united".

The proposal includes banning the sale of oil to North Korea, textile exports and vetoing North Korean citizens working overseas, from where the regime earns a substantial income.

"There's no only-sanctions strategy that will bring the North Koreans to heel", said Daryl G. Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, a disarmament advocacy group based in Washington.

Monday's expected vote is seen as a key test of resolve for the council, who united last month to adopt a resolution meant to reduce the impoverished country's export earnings by up to a billion dollars.

He urged the administration to "dramatically ramp up" USA sanctions designations of entities that deal with North Korea, particularly Chinese banks.

DeThomas agreed that it was unwise to break the unity of the Security Council, but he said the USA administration is unlikely to accept "a very watered down approach".

She said America was not aiming to start a war with North Korea, hoping Pyongyang would not continue its programme and risk passing the "point of no return".

"We wanted those who would be inclined to water down the text to own that position", said the USA official. That would shave off roughly 10 percent of what North Korea now gets from China, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency.

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