Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Following North Korea's nuclear tests, Peru orders Pyongyang's ambassador to leave country

"We're convinced that diverting the gathering menace from the Korean Peninsula could be done not through further and further sanctions, but by political means", he said.

Still, Trump said, "Those sanctions are nothing compared to ultimately what will have to happen".

North Korea on Monday threatened to "inflict pain and suffering" on the U.S., after Washington pushed for new sanctions against Pyongyang for its sixth nuclear test in the UN Security Council, the state-media reported.

The U.S. called for a United Nations Security Council vote Monday to impose new sanctions on North Korea.

China has so far refused to shut off oil supplies to Pyongyang, with Beijing controlling a pipeline that provides approximately 520,000 tonnes of crude oil to its North Korean neighbour each year, according to industry sources.

The worldwide community continues its efforts to stop Pyongyang from developing its missile program and nuclear tests while tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have reached the peak.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned that the United States may impose additional sanctions on China - potentially cutting off access to the USA financial system - if it does not follow through on a fresh round of United Nations restrictions against North Korea.

The UN has already imposed highly restrictive sanctions to North Korea for force its leaders to limit its weapon programmes. If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure.

United Nations member states will halt imports of textiles from North Korea, its second largest export after coal and other minerals in 2016 that totalled $US752 million ($NZ 1.3 billion) and accounted for a quarter of its income from trade, according to South Korean data. The resolution authorizes the countries to examine at sea vessels suspected of embargo violation regarding North Korea.

Merkel said a diplomatic solution was the only viable way to resolve the crisis - which has seen North Korea launch a series of missile tests as well as test what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

It would add the name of North Korean senior official Pak Yong Sik, who helps direct the country's missile industries, to the blacklist along with three other North Korean agencies.

The UN Security Council passed a new round of sanctions against North Korea in an unanimous vote today.

Assistant Treasury Secretary Marshall Billingslea displayed slides showing ships he said picked up coal and other commodities in North Korea, illegally turning off their electronic identification systems to hide the fact that they were carrying cargo to China and Russian Federation.

Ethiopia's ambassador to the United Nations, the current Security Council president, confirmed Sunday that a Security Council vote would take place Monday.

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