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

UN Security Council unanimously approves new sanctions on North Korea

UN Security Council unanimously approves new sanctions on North Korea

The UN Security Council is set to vote on Monday afternoon on a watered-down US-drafted resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea over its latest nuclear test, diplomats said, but it was unclear whether China and Russian Federation would support it.

While the United States may begin imposing its own unilateral measures against Pyongyang, an global consensus is growing around the need to diplomatically engage the country and tamp down the growing military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, which remains locked in a technical state of war since the 1953 armistice in the U.S. War on Korea.

"We are very pleased with this package", the official said of the resolution, even though it required USA concessions to China and Russian Federation to win approval.

The North's official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"The forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the USA suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history", he said.

Among the provisions that were in a draft proposal, but not the final resolution were a total oil embargo and a freeze on the assets of both North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the national airline.

The much stronger version proposed by the U.S. last week, included the first asset freeze directed at Kim Jong-un, a complete ban on oil sales to his regime, and a mandate for warships from any member state to inspect ships suspected of carrying contraband to or from North Korea, and to enforce inspect using "all necessary measures".

The resolution is a watered-down version of the original United States proposal.

Germany and the five countries on the Security Council with veto power took part in talks that led to Iran agreeing a landmark deal in 2015 to curb its nuclear work in return for the lifting of most economic sanctions. He urged Pyongyang to take "concrete action" toward denuclearization. Earlier this month, North Korea conducted a nuclear test, and it is reportedly getting ready for more missile tests.

The test sent powerful tremors across the region, suggesting the device used was the most powerful the nation has ever tested.

North Korea claims it detonated a hydrogen bomb Sunday at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

The foreign ministry painted the new sanctions push as an attempt by Washington to "obliterate" its sovereignty.

The United States and its allies had been bracing for another long-range missile launch in time for the 69th anniversary of North Korea's founding on Saturday, but no fresh provocations were spotted while the North held numerous events to mark the holiday.

Diplomats said the new language, which was negotiated surprisingly swiftly after the North's latest nuclear test, was a tough but balanced measure created to address Chinese and Russian concerns.

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 U.S. mainland into range.

Kim Jong-un hailed the latest nuclear test as "a great victory" at a celebration banquet, and praised the officials and experts for their efforts in carrying out the successful experiment, its state media said Sunday.

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