Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

UN Security Council Approves New North Korea Sanctions

UN Security Council Approves New North Korea Sanctions

Pyongyang marks its founding anniversary each year with a big display of pageantry and military hardware. "Hopefully, we're not going to have to use it on North Korea".

The North Korean broadcaster said the nuclear test had an "unprecedentedly large power", and that it "marked a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force".

US President Donald Trump has fanned the flames of hostility by responding that an American military strike against Pyongyang would be "a very sad day for North Korea". The July date refers to the intercontinental ballistic missile test.

However, the analyst cautioned, "Having nuclear weapons is not the only way or the best way for North Korea to guarantee its security".

Mexico has traditionally sought to steer clear of diplomatic spats, but in the past few months it has adopted robust language to condemn the governments of Venezuela and North Korea as they descended into increasing global isolation.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) said it had been conducting tests on land, air and water samples since shortly after the North Korean nuclear test on Sunday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday also stressed the importance of diplomacy and offered to act as a facilitator if needed.

"Today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea", she said.

There was no chance the xenon "will have an impact on South Korea's territory or population", the agency said.

"Military action would certainly be an option", Trump told a White House news conference when he was asked about the possibility after meeting the leader of Kuwait.

In addition to bending somewhat to Moscow and Beijing, Washington has dangled the prospect of military action or cutting economic ties with countries that continue to have trade links with the North. Russia's exports of crude oil to North Korea are about 40,000 tonnes a year.

"We are still assessing that test", a senior Trump administration official said while speaking on condition of anonymity.

The North Korean ambassador branded the move as "ignorant" and said disagreement over the country's nuclear program was an issue for the United States and "has nothing to do with Mexico". "But I can tell you North Korea is behaving badly and it's got to stop", he said. That would shave off roughly 10 percent of what North Korea now gets from China, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency.

Swanson said that North Korea has clearly been open to negotiation in order to solve differences on militarization of the Korean Peninsula, but the United States has propped up its warmongering policy.

The UN Security Council is expected to vote on a new set of sanctions soon. The Aug. 5 resolution aimed to slash by a third Pyongyang's $3 billion annual export revenue by banning coal, iron, lead and seafood.

The initial draft of the United Nations sanctions called for a ban on all oil and natural gas exports to North Korea and a freeze on all foreign financial assets of the government and leader Kim Jong Un.

The Security Council resolution also bans all North Korea textile exports, worth an average of $760 million over the past three years.

Chinese officials have privately expressed fears that an oil embargo could risk causing massive instability in the neighboring country.

North Korea offered fresh vitriol against the pending sanctions, specifically targeting Haley, who this week accused Kim of "begging for war".

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