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

U.S. warns China, Russia to comply on North Korea sanctions

U.S. warns China, Russia to comply on North Korea sanctions

The UN action was triggered by North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test this month.

Both Russia and China, North Korea's main economic ally, had opposed the US's call for an oil embargo and other far-reaching sanctions.

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.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley hailed the new sanctions as "the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea".

"The President is committed to taking every step and keeping all options on the table in order to have a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. "The president has also said that he wants every country involved to step up and do more".

The new measures target major goods that North Korea buys and sells, but they don't go as far as the US wanted.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with China's most senior diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi Tuesday, where the subject undoubtedly came up.

"The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return", she added. The North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July and the sixth nuclear detonation with what is believed to be a hydrogen bomb early this month fueled talk of rearming United States forces here with tactical nuclear weapons. It has also tested a missile capable of reaching the United States, but experts say it is likely to be at least a year before it can field an operational nuclear missile that could threaten America.

The ambassador said that Pyongyang rejected and condemned the "illegal" resolutions of the UN Security Council, which he says has been turned into a "tool" by Washington with the aim to "isolate and strangle" North Korea.

Song said the unit could conduct cross-border raids with retooled helicopters and transport planes that could penetrate North Korea at night.

North Korea, which has said it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against "hostile" U.S. policies, "categorically rejected" the United Nations action and said the USA was "fired up" for a military confrontation but would soon face the "greatest pain" it ever experienced.

North Korea is "ready to use a form of ultimate means", Han said.

Egypt's defense minister, on a visit to Seoul, announced that his country has cut military ties with North Korea, according to a report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency. There is also a limit on imports of oil and oil products and a ban on new visas for workers.

Yonhap's report late Monday quoted the South Korean Defense Ministry as saying Egyptian Defense Minister Sidki Sobhi told his South Korean counterpart that Cairo had "already severed all military ties with North Korea".

Long-lasting negotiations have resulted in the adoption of JCPOA, the compliance with which will completely lift the economic and financial sanctions imposed on Iran by the UN Security Council, the USA and the EU.

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