Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Make North Korea feel pain - no matter how much China squeals

Make North Korea feel pain - no matter how much China squeals

The new resolution ends natural gas shipments to North Korea, caps crude oil shipments at their current levels, and puts a ceiling on refined oil products such as petrol and diesel.

The council has unanimously adopted eight resolutions since 2006 gradually ratcheting up sanctions on North Korea over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

"This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional $500 million or more in annual revenues".

A South Korean government spokesman said: "North Korea needs to realise that a reckless challenge against worldwide peace will only bring about even stronger global sanctions against it".

Pyongyang habitually attributes United Nations measures to the "hostile" U.S., which it blames for the body's actions.

The UN wants to push Pyongyang to negotiate on its nuclear weapons programmes and conventional.

To placate the United States and signal displeasure with North Korea, China voted for the latest sanctions even as it insisted on watering them down to let Kim Jong-un know that China will not let him fall.

But later, the USA put forward another draft that removed the full oil embargo, asset freeze, travel ban for Kim and softened the language on foreign workers and other issues.

"The Chinese may be fed up with North Korea and willing to do more to increase the pressure".

Summarizing the results of the meeting, in addition to strengthening sanctions, the Security Council members also confirmed the importance of supporting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and expressed their commitment to the political and diplomatic methods of peaceful and comprehensive settlement of the situation.

"If for the sake of argument Iran does not have the capability to produce its own nuclear warhead to fit in one of its missiles, it could buy it off the shelf from North Korea, and it will fit perfectly because basically those are the same missiles", Tal Inbar, Head of the Space Research Center at the Fisher Institute for Air & Space Strategic Studies, said in a recent interview with i24 News.

So co-operating with the latest round of strengthened sanctions is China's way of signalling its displeasure with what it sees as Pyongyang's reckless pursuit of nuclear and missile programmes.

Peru stressed that it was committed to a peaceful solution to the dispute and "strict compliance" with resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council.

"It is up to the worldwide community to see that these resolutions are implemented", he warned.

This eighth series of measures, supported by China and Russian Federation, the closest supporters of North Korea, aims to punish the country for its nuclear test on September 3.

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.

United States ambassador Nikki Haley said Monday at the UN the tough new measures were a message to Pyongyang that "the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea".

It bars countries from issuing new work permits to North Korean laborers sent overseas and seeks to phase out the practice by asking countries to report on the date for ending existing contracts.

North Korean textile exports in 2016 totaled $752.5 million, accounting for about one-fourth of its total $3 billion in merchandise exports, according to South Korean government figures.

"The forthcoming measures by (North Korea) will make the USA suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history", he said without elaborating. A number of existing sanctions were also extended.

The final agreement was reached after negotiations between the U.S. and China, the North's ally and major trading partner.

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