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

North Korea Threatens Unprecedented Suffering in Response to New UN Sanctions

The U.N. Security Council stepped up sanctions on Monday following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test on September 3, imposing a ban on textile exports and capping oil imports.

Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that a spokesman for China's government warned that the country will "never allow" war to break out between North and South Korea.

North Korea threatened the United States by saying it will suffer the greatest pain.

The proposed freeze of Kim's assets overseas was dropped altogether. Haley and other US officials have repeatedly dismissed the plan. "That's where we landed".

"Kim Jong-un's motorcade was armoured in the United States and then re-exported to North Korea without, seemingly, the knowledge of US Customs authorities". It also prohibits North Korean imports of liquefied natural gas and condensates.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft called the resolution "very robust" and "a very significant set of additional sanctions on imports into North Korea and exports out of North Korea and other measures as well". China, Pyongyang's main economic ally, supplies most of North Korea's crude oil.

The United States switched on its $800 million European missile defence umbrella in May past year at a site in Romania to protect against Iranian rockets.

The US watered down an initial tougher draft resolution to win the support of Pyongyang ally China and Russian Federation. "And today the Security Council is saying if North Korea does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves". "In the medieval system like North Korea, Kim Jong Un's life is as valuable as hundreds of thousands of ordinary people whose lives would be threatened in a nuclear attack".

The sanctions come after many missile tests by North Korea.

The United States and China "have two fundamentally different purposes", said Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, a San Francisco-based organization that promotes nuclear nonproliferation. The UN report authors corroborated these claims and affirmed that some bank accounts in China, Singapore, and the Middle East are known to be operated by North Korean intelligence agencies.

While analysts do not expect North Korea to have a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile until next year at the earliest, NATO's European allies could become a target as a way of threatening their closest partner, the United States, a third NATO diplomat said, stressing that was only speculation.

"It does sound like USA patience is running out", Ruggiero said. But former USA negotiator Christopher Hill says the concerned that, even with a treaty, the regime can't be trusted not to use its weapons to attack a US ally such as South Korea.

Others in the administration have pushed for diplomatic openings.

"There are many elements to consider beyond the military and strategic value of this issue", South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said during a news conference in Seoul on Monday.

"There will always be holes", she said.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the new measures would deprive Pyongyang of at least $800 million in annual export revenues, primarily from banning its textile exports, and when combined with previous sanctions, would cut off about 90 percent of North Korea's earnings from exports, according to RFE/RL.

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