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

United Nations passes new sanctions against North Korea

Trump has vowed not to allow North Korea to possess a nuclear missile capable of hitting the United States.

"Primarily these sanctions will affect the civilian population whose oil product uses are of lower priority to the [North Korean] state", the report said.

While speaking at a disarmament conference in Geneva, Switzerland, North Korea's United Nations ambassador Han Tae-Song strongly condemned the sanctions as "vicious". "The forthcoming measures by the DPRK will make the USA suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history".

But the measures could founder on opposition from permanent Security Council members Russian Federation and China. It also bans North Korean exports of textiles, a $726 million industry, and phases out North Korea's overseas labor program, which sends 93,000 North Koreans abroad to work in near slave conditions and send their pay back to the regime.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets scientists and technicians in the field of researches into nuclear weapons in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 9, 2016. "We are closing in on North Korea's trade representatives", he said.

The U.N. Security Council is set to vote this evening on a new resolution to increase pressure on North Korea.

"But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen", he said without elaborating. "And today, the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves", Haley said.

'We are not looking for war.

But Russia, which employs some 35,000 North Koreans, opposed the move during negotiations, a source said. "The choice is theirs". North Korea continues to defy UN resolutions and pressure from the global community in pursuit of missiles that can deliver nuclear weapons to the United States. Exports of copper, nickel, silver, zinc and the sale of statues were also banned.

The nuclear test came weeks after Pyongyang launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles that seemed to make U.S. territory accessible to Korean missiles.

Officials held another celebration Saturday to honor the individuals who contributed to the development of the latest addition to North Korea's growing nuclear arsenal.

4 July: North Korea claimed it carried out its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The UN says that North Korea illegally exported coal, iron and other commodities worth at least $270 million to China and other countries including India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka in the six-month period ending in early August in violation of UN sanctions.

3 September: North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb that could be miniaturised and loaded on a long-range missile.

China said, however, that if North Korea first hits a US target, that "changes everything".

The uptick in traffic between the two countries also coincided with previous United Nations sanctions that banned fuel shipments from a state-owned company from China.

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