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

Korea denounces new United Nations sanctions

A brief statement from the US Mission to the United Nations late Friday said: "This evening, the United States informed the UN Security Council that it intends to call a meeting to vote on a draft resolution to establish additional sanctions on North Korea on Monday, September 11".

"We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing". The tests show a series of advancements and that the country is well on its way to being able to deliver a nuclear weapon to the continental U.S.

The resolution was only passed unanimously after North Korea's allies Russian Federation and China agreed to softer sanctions than those proposed by the US.

"We are tightening the screw, and we stand prepared to tighten it further".

"Hostile sanctions are like a delusion tantamount to expecting foolishly that the ocean would dry up", one official told CNN, while emphasizing that the government had not yet released an official response. Responding, South Korean President Moon Jae-In expressed his appreciation of Russia's support for the cause of building "a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula and improved relations between the two Korean states".

The news came as South Korea conducted its latest live fire drills with the U.S. military on Tuesday, in a display of military might featuring tanks and helicopters.

In response, US, South Korea and Japan want the Security Council to implement stronger measures against North Korea, including bans on oil imports, exports of textiles and employment of its guest workers by other countries.

2 June 2017: United Nations imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on four entities and 14 officials, including the head of North Korea's overseas spying operations.

FireEye says it has identified three attacks against South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges that took place between May and July, all of them linked to North Korean hackers. But China said after Monday's vote it supported the resolution.

The eight-member panel of experts said it was also investigating the widespread presence of North Koreans in Africa and the Middle East, particularly in Syria, "including their involvement in prohibited activities".

The move came amid global outrage over the pariah state's sixth nuclear test - its most powerful to date - earlier this month and its intercontinental ballistic missile launch in July.

If Washington goes ahead with the vote, North Korea said it will "absolutely" make sure the country "pay due price", adding it was ready and willing to use "any form of ultimate means" that will force the world to see how it "tames the US gangsters by taking series of action tougher than they have ever envisaged".

Merkel has spoken to leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about North Korea this week.

Undaunted by the worldwide criticism of its test, which Pyongyang says was of a hydrogen bomb, Pyongyang celebrated through the weekend, with concerts and banquets for the country's nuclear scientists and engineers.

A previously circulated version of the United States resolution called for a full ban on exports of oil to North Korea and an asset freeze on Kim, the Worker's Party and government of North Korea.

Haley last week called the proposal "insulting" and said the U.S. has maintained that North Korea needs to halt their activities before talks can take place.

It bars countries from issuing new work permits to North Korean laborers sent overseas - there are some 93,000, providing Kim's regime with a source of revenue to develop its missile and nuclear programs, according to a USA official familiar with the negotiations.

He said that this is one of the first times that the UN Security Council have been using their new strategy of targeting parts of a country's economy with their measures against them.

The new measures target major goods that North Korea buys and sells, but they don't go as far as the USA wanted.

"The textile sanctions actually might have more impact, as they are probably a good source of value-added income - value added by people you don't have to pay much - for the regime", he said. "This celebration appears to have been aimed at promoting internal unity and at firing a shot across the bow of the US".

The US put forward another draft resolution Monday that made considerable changes to a previous version of the proposal.

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