Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

N.Korea rejects latest United Nations sanctions as provocation

N.Korea rejects latest United Nations sanctions as provocation

"If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure".

It prompted the UN Security Council to adopt its eighth set of sanctions on North Korea, but previous resolutions have done little to halt Pyongyang's weapons ambitions.

FireEye operatives say they've observed spearphishing that often "targets personal email accounts of employees at digital currency exchanges, frequently using tax-themed lures and deploying malware (PEACHPIT and similar variants) linked to North Korean actors suspected to be responsible for intrusions into global banks in 2016".

Kim condemned the sanctions as part of the hostility from the United States regarding North Korea that he said has forced Pyongyang to pursue nuclear tests as a dissuasive measure.

The lawmakers aired their frustration as USA officials outlined ways in which China and Russian Federation are failing to do everything they can to rein in North Korea, even as the nuclear threat from the rogue regime grows more intense.

The United Nations action was triggered by North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test this month. North Korea detonated a device, which it said was a thermonuclear bomb small enough to fit on a long-range ballistic missile.

The US-drafted resolution was passed unanimously on Monday, just a month after the UNSC chose to ban exports of coal, lead, and seafood in response to Pyongyang's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). In addition, it cited North Korea's collaboration with Angola, Uganda, and other African nations to train their police and military forces. As a result, it is widely predicted that the United Nations resolution will inflict some pain on North Korea but will not force the North to change its attitude.

The UN Security Council agreed to boost sanctions on North Korea, banning its textile exports and capping fuel supplies, and making it illegal for foreign firms to form commercial joint ventures with North Korean entities.

This was also the first time the UNSC targeted the country's oil imports while sanctioning the regime.

The new resolution also does not single out North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong-un, for a travel ban or asset freeze as the original US draft had done.

North Korea responded to the first bill by saying in a statement on state media that their actions in response to the resolution will "cause the US the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history". U.S. officials have said they are still assessing whether it was an H-bomb, also known as a thermonuclear weapon, but that "so far there is nothing inconsistent with the North Korean claim that this was a hydrogen bomb".

The US watered down an initial tougher draft resolution to win the support of Pyongyang ally China and Russian Federation. But Putin's response was that the situation on the Korean Peninsula can not be resolved through sanctions and pressure alone.

It also banned textile trade with the country, targeting one of its major export articles.

The U.N. has adopted multiple resolutions against North Korea since its first nuclear test explosion in 2006, banning it from arms trading and curbing exports of commodities it heavily relies on for revenue.

In short, Security Council Resolution 2375 continues to kick the can down the road.

This photo, taken on September 11, 2017, shows buses transporting nuclear weapon scientists during a send-off following their stay in Pyongyang. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and unsafe to the United States", in one tweet and "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.

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