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

Korea vows to boost weapons programme after sanctions

Korea vows to boost weapons programme after sanctions

The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea but not the toughest-ever measures sought by the Trump administration to ban all oil imports and freeze global assets of the government and its leader, Kim Jong Un.

"There are no easy answers when it comes to a state that is so willing to walk away from the worldwide order, that is so willing to violate UN Security Council resolutions", Senator Wong told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday. It retains language reaffirming support for long-stalled six-party talks with that goal involving North Korea, the U.S., Russia, China, Japan and South Korea.

Swanson explained that "a diplomatic solution is not identical to a military solution", whereas the USA wants to achieve peace through further weaponization, belligerence, threats and sanctions against North Korea.

Kim called the nuke test "a great victory won by the Korean people at the cost of their blood", and called on the officials to "follow the fighting spirit and trait of the nuclear combatants", the KCNA said.

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the latest United Nations sanctions are just another "very small step" and "nothing compared to" what will happen in dealing with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. Haley has rejected that proposal as 'insulting'.

The U.N. Security Council on Monday ratcheted up sanctions yet again against North Korea, but they fell significantly short of the far-reaching penalties that the Trump administration had demanded just days ago. "This is the strongest set of sanctions that the Security Council has imposed".

Guterres also reaffirmed his commitment to work with all parties to reduce tensions and promote a peaceful political solution "and to strengthening communications channels", Dujarric said.

Liu said relevant parties should resume negotiations "sooner rather than later".

Pyongyang warned the United States on Monday that it would pay a "due price" for spearheading efforts on U.N. sanctions.

The new sanctions set a cap on crude and refined oil exports to North Korea at 8.5 million barrels per year, which represents a 30 percent reduction, according to us officials.

He said the "unwillingness" of the U.S.to reaffirm pledges not to seek regime change or war in North Korea or to include the idea of having U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres use his good offices to try to resolve the dispute "gives rise to very serious questions in our minds".

The Arizona senator says the USA should provide missile defense in South Korea and continue working with China "to put the brakes on Kim Jong Un" and his efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

"It is dark and it's getting darker", Haley said. Textile exports, banned under the resolution, represent more than a quarter of North Korea's export income. Almost 80 percent of the textile exports went to China. North Korea gets almost all of its oil supply from China, with a much smaller amount coming from Russian Federation or the open market.

The uptick in traffic between the two countries also coincided with previous United Nations sanctions that banned fuel shipments from a state-owned company from China.

Chinese officials have also privately expressed fears that an oil embargo could risk causing massive instability in its neighbour.

Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said time was running out and Chinese firms should be given "a choice between doing business with North Korea or the United States". Japan, South Korea, and Guam, which are all US allies, are within striking distance of North Korea.

Bank branches near the North Korean border have told the BBC they've been instructed not to open any new accounts for that country's citizens and businesses. "This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional $500 million or more in annual revenues", Haley said.

However, the final draft text calls upon states to inspect vessels on the high seas with the consent of the flag state, if there's information that provides reasonable grounds to believe the ship is carrying prohibited cargo.

In one case, a Singapore-registered real-estate management company with no known offices or webpage was "facilitating the laundering of funds for North Korea financial facilitators and sanctioned entities" by working with Russian partners to buy nearly $7 million worth of diesel fuel.

But after the latest nuclear test, Haley took a more public approach, announcing a week ago that she would circulate a draft resolution to all council members and that she meant to call for a vote on September 11. But we have acquired everything we wanted to.

Last Sunday, Pyongyang said it conducted a hydrogen bomb test at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the country's northeast, which it claimed can fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the United States.

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