North Korea vows to boost weapons programmes after sanctions

Andrew Cummings
September 13, 2017

Moreover, while the new resolution leaves existing contracts and work authorizations involving North Korean overseas workers alone until their expiration, it does not permit any renewals unless an exception is granted on a case by case basis by a committee established by the Security Council.

Members of the UN Security Council vote at a UN Security Council meeting over North Korea's new sanctions on September 11, 2017 at the UN Headquarters in NY.

The North Korean Foreign Ministry condemned the sanctions "in the strongest terms", calling them a "heinous provocation aimed at depriving the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's official name) of its legitimate right for self-defense".

These were pointed out as major goals of the sanction by a USA official who is familiar with the terms of the negotiation.

North Korea rejected the measure.

North Korean Ambassador Han Tae Song told the United Nations -sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva that the North is "ready to use a form of ultimate means" but did not elaborate, Reuters reported.

"The forthcoming measures. will make the U.S. suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history", Han said. Earlier this year, China, its only ally, also suspended coal exports from North Korea. The world body on Monday banned North Korean textile exports, an important source of hard currency, and capped its imports of crude oil.

Committee members also expressed unease over the fact that the sanctions imposed on North Korea have so far been ineffective in preventing Pyongyang from developing its nuclear and missile programs. "If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure".

Guterres welcomed the council's "firm action" to send a clear message to North Korea that it must comply with its global obligations, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. The United States has said sanctions agreed in August could slash North Korea's $3 billion in exports by a third. And then just a few days later, the USA reached a compromise with China and Russian Federation and caved on its goal of cutting off the North's supply of crude oil.

Billingslea said the U.S. is "capable of tracking North Korea's trade on banned goods... and we will act even if China does not".

Trump says during a meeting with Malaysia's prime minister that he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the vote, but weren't sure if the new sanctions would have any impact.

Trump added that the sanctions pale in comparison to "what ultimately will have to happen" to North Korea.

Washington so far has mostly held off on new sanctions against Chinese banks and other companies doing business with North Korea, given fears of retaliation by Beijing and possibly far-reaching effects on the world economy.

The new sanctions now include a ban on exports of textiles, one of the most important industries in the country.

The latest threat comes following sanctions that were approved by China and Russian Federation. The Commission's mobile detectors also found traces of xenon off the country's east coast four times.

"All parties involved in the peninsula have their own strategic considerations, but not being able to see beyond this vicious cycle is not in anyone's interest", the article said.

Not that long ago, North Korea killed 20-plus South Koreans who had supposedly sailed too close.

Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, told the UNSC that while Moscow does not endorse North Korea's nuclear ambitions, it doubts whether sanctions will achieve the desired results to bring peace and stability to the Korean peninsula. The sanctions aim to cripple the North Korean economy as they continue their nuclear testing in the face of President Donald Trump's threats and other worldwide objections.

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