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

North Korea vows to boost weapons programme after sanctions

North Korea vows to boost weapons programme after sanctions

The draft had also called for a ban on North Korean overseas laborers, but the approved resolution included some caveats.

Pyongyang's envoy to the United Nations accused Washington of opting for "political, economic and military confrontation".

The sanctions follow a series of North Korean missile tests in recent months, culminating in an intercontinental ballistic missile that appeared to bring much of the United States mainland into range.

He also opposed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THADD) anti-missile system by the US in South Korea asserting that it undermined the security of China and other countries in the region.

Han Tae Song also lashed out at the United States during a plenary session of the UN's Conference on Disarmament, saying Pyongyang denounces Washington's "evil intention" and would "make sure the U.S. pays a due price".

She pointed out that the USA does not want war, saying "North Korea has not yet passed the point of no return".

One North Korean individual blacklisted, Pak Yong-sik, a member of the Central Military Commission, who was described as being responsible for the development and implementation of the North's Workers' Party military policies and directing the country's military defense industries.

Limits on imports of crude oil and oil products.

It does ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates.

That would mean halting massive joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises on North Korea's doorstep if the North halts its nuclear program.

With backing from China and Russian Federation, the council voted 15-0 on Monday to slap a ban on textile exports and restrict shipments of oil products to North Korea. "But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen", he added, without giving details. He regularly calls on China to stop North Korea's nuclear advancement and said in July it could "easily" end the crisis. "We are not looking for war".

About 90 percent of North Korean trade goes through China, and China is North Korea's main source of fuel.

"If North Korea continues its risky path, we will continue with further pressure", said Haley, who credited a "strong relationship" between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping for the resolution. "The choice is theirs".

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at a conference hosted by CNBC on Tuesday that he would pursue sanctions against China if it does not adhere to the Security Council resolution.

The UN 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. Exports of copper, nickel, silver, zinc and the sale of statues were also banned.

Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Tuesday on US efforts to rein in North Korea's nuclear program, Assistant Treasury Secretary Marshall Billingslea described how the USA intelligence community has observed vessels flagged to varying countries turn off their transponders and collect banned North Korean coal.

The new measures are sure to cause North Korea more economic pain.

Connolly protested that Trump had branded South Korea's leader, a supporter of diplomacy with North Korea, as an appeaser.

Kim Jong Un made an unusual public appearance at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where he met with North Korean schoolteachers, according to a state media report on Tuesday.

LIMA-North Korea's ambassador to Peru said Tuesday that Lima's decision to expel him was akin to "throwing gasoline on the fire" on the dispute over Pyongyang's nuclear tests that it would continue to pursue "without wavering".

"If China doesn't follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the USA and global dollar system, and that's quite meaningful", said Mnuchin, according to news agencies.

Beijing believes Thaad, which employs a powerful radar, is a security threat to China and neighbouring countries.

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