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

Instead of launching anniversary missile, Kim Jong Un throws a party

Instead of launching anniversary missile, Kim Jong Un throws a party

The proposed sanctions were included in the draft resolution that circulated the Security Council members following the sixth nuclear test and recurrent missile launches of North Korea.

Mnuchin said that if China doesn't follow the United Nations sanctions approved on North Korea, he will seek new financial sanctions on Beijing to cut off access to the U.S. financial system.

"We are not looking for war".

"The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return", she said.

This will not only starve the regime of any revenues generated through such arrangements, it will now stop all future foreign investments and technology transfers to help North Korea's nascent and weak commercial industries, a United States fact sheet said. "The choice is theirs".

Ambassador Han Tae Song also lashed out at the United States during a plenary session of the U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament, saying North Korea denounces Washington's "evil intention" and would "make sure the USA pays a due price".

"I do believe that whatever makes it into the final text and is adopted by consensus hopefully will have significant consequences on the economic pressure against North Korea".

Though the USA had wanted to introduce harsher measures such as a travel and financial freeze on the country's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, diplomats have toned down the resolution after negotiations with China and Russian Federation.

United Nations diplomatic sources said they doubted either China or Moscow, both of which have the power to veto United Nations council resolutions, would accept anything more stringent than a ban on imports of North Korean textiles.

Song Zhongping, a Beijing-based commentator on military affairs, said China should be prepared for an increase in Patriot and Tomahawk missiles in the region, as well as other weapons capable of hitting North Korean weapons facilities. It also bans the sale of condensates and natural gas liquids to the North.

The existing sanctions have only called for a ban on newly accepting North Korean workers.

However, the recent test demonstrated that sanctions do not prove to be effective in this regard.

Washington has led the worldwide drive to punish the rogue state after it detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear device earlier this month.

"Passage of this resolution is better than nothing, but it's not going to impinge on [North Korea's] weapons activity", former US Ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson said in an interview with the South China Morning Post ahead of the vote.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi again called for talks "sooner rather than later".

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the council after the vote that "we don't take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today".

That would amount to a 10 percent cut in oil products, according to the US Energy Information Administration, which estimates annual exports to North Korea at almost 2.2 million barrels. During a press conference on Thursday, Trump said that while a military campaign against Pyongyang is not "inevitable", it could still happen.

"The forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the US suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history", he said.

Pyongyang has staged a series of missile tests in recent months that appeared to bring much of the U.S. mainland into range.

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