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

Trump downplays new United Nations sanctions on N. Korea

Trump downplays new United Nations sanctions on N. Korea

"This is money that North Korea will not be able to put towards its illegal nuclear and missile programmes", Mr Brownlee says.

He showed to the hearing satellite images provided by US intelligence of ships purported to travel between Russian Federation and China with illicit exports of North Korean coal in violation of sanctions. She said the USA would continue to act to disrupt North Korea's illicit activities wherever they are located.

The council banned North Korean textile exports, an important source of hard currency, and capped its imports of crude oil, although the sanctions were not as harsh as the USA had hoped.

Royce's committee has written a letter to the Trump administration listing large Chinese entities ripe for sanctions, including the Chinese Agricultural Bank and the China Merchant Bank, Rogin wrote.

"The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return", she said.

"Russia is now a player in this realm", said Anthony Ruggiero, now a fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Washington think tank.

The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted new sanctions against North Korea following its sixth nuclear test, imposing a cap on exports of crude oil to the country, though it fell short of a complete ban.

Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea credited China and Russia's support of the United Nations resolution but said both countries "must do much more" to implement and enforce the sanctions, in the face of Pyongyang's ability to evade restrictions that have been progressively tightened for a decade.

Trump downplays new United Nations sanctions on N. Korea
Trump downplays new United Nations sanctions on N. Korea

A panel of United Nations experts said in a report released over the weekend that North Korea had smuggled commodities worth some US$270 million from February to August - to China and other countries including India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka.

"If China and others continue to help North Korea evade sanctions, they should not do business in the United States anymore".

Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out using a military strike to take out some of North Korea's nuclear facilities.

China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi called on North Korea to "take seriously the expectations and will of the global community" that it halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development, and called on all parties to remain "cool-headed" and not stoke tensions.

He called on anyone aware of efforts to enable North Korean trade to come forward before getting caught, warning: "We are closing in on North Korea's trade representatives".

Dr. John Nilsson-Wright, senior lecturer on Asian worldwide relations at Cambridge University, had believed North Korea was still two to three years from miniaturizing a nuclear weapon to be carried on a long range missile, but the latest nuclear bomb test by North Korea's leader, and his threatening rhetoric about reducing Seoul and Washington to a "heap of ashes", showed Nilsson-Wright that North Korea's commitment to develop nuclear capabilities was as strong as ever and a cause for world alarm.

Japan and South Korea said after the passage of the US-drafted Security Council resolution they were prepared to apply more pressure if Pyongyang refused to end its aggressive development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Ms Haley last week dismissed this proposal as "insulting".

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