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

UN Security Council to vote on weakened North Korea sanctions

UN Security Council to vote on weakened North Korea sanctions

The foreign ministry said Monday that it made a decision to expel Ambassador Kim Hak-chol because of Pyongyang's repeated flaunting of resolutions by the U.N. Security Council against its nuclear program.

"The DPRK (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means" and the US would pay a heavy price if new sanctions proposed by Washington are adopted, North Korea's foreign ministry said, using the country's official name.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that fresh sanctions on North Korea approved by the U.N. Security Council were just a small step and "nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen".

The U.S. also sought a travel ban and asset freeze on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and four key officials, and an asset freeze on the country's national airline Air Koryo, the army, and five other military and party entities.

When these new stronger sanctions are added to those passed last month, over 90 percent of North Korea s publicly reported exports are now fully banned.

The resolution bans all North Korean textile exports.

That's all in violation of past United Nations resolutions.

It was the ninth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs. It said the USA would pay a heavy price if the sanctions proposed by Washington are adopted.

Limits on imports of crude oil and oil products.

Rycroft called the resolution "a very significant set of additional sanctions", declaring that "we are tightening the screw, and we stand prepared to tighten it further".

30 November 2016: United Nations targeted North Korea's valuable coal trade with China, slashing exports by about 60% under a new sales cap. I mean US officials say at least the resolution gives them some new tools to crack down on smuggling - again, not as stringent as originally proposed.

North Korean actors used "spearphishing" attacks targeting the personal email accounts of employees at digital currency exchanges, FireEye said in its report published yesterday.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi again called for talks "sooner rather than later".

The resolution does add new language urging "further work to reduce tensions so as to advance the prospects for a comprehensive settlement". The same factors that have driven their success-lack of state control and secretiveness-would make them useful fund raising and money laundering tools for a man threatening to use nuclear weapons against the US. It has apparently been revised to win support from veto-holding China and Russian Federation.

The NSCC also said the xenon traces detected had no impact on South Korea's environment and population.

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