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

United Nations unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea

United Nations unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea

"If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future ... if North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure", said Haley, who credited a "strong relationship" between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping for the successful resolution negotiations.

The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea in a watered-down resolution that eliminated a ban on all oil imports and an worldwide asset freeze on the government and leader Kim Jong Un that the Trump administration wanted.

"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.

Though the United States had proposed a complete ban, the sanctions by the U.N. Security Council cap Pyongyang's annual imports of crude oil at the same level they have been for the past 12 months: an estimated 4 million barrels.

The United had originally pushed for a strict oil embargo, as well as a freeze on the assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday the only way for Pyongyang to end diplomatic isolation and become free of economic pressure was to end its nuclear programme and resume dialogue.

A UN Security Council resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by permanent members the US, Britain, France, Russia or China to pass.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted an unidentified government official as saying that the North could carry out a seventh nuclear test at its Punggye-ri test site at any moment.

"UN Security Council resolution", ambassador Han Tae Song told the gathering.

He has also cast doubt on the chance that negotiations could lead Kim to drop his nuclear ambitions.

United Nations unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea
United Nations unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea

It was the eighth series of sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006.

He also opposed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THADD) anti-missile system by the US in South Korea asserting that it undermined the security of China and other countries in the region.

"In case the USA eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful "resolution" on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the U.S. pays due price", the statement, carried by Pyongyang's state media organisation, the Korean Central News Agency (KNCA), added.

The newspaper said a "dedicated ferry line" was launched between Russia's Far East and North Korea to accommodate heavy traffic.

South Korea's presidential office also welcomed the passage of new sanctions, saying they showed global solidarity against the North's actions.

The U.S. has rejected proposals from both countries that it stop joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for a halt to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

The resolution also adds language underscoring the Security Council's commitment to North Korea's sovereignty and territorial integrity, to "a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation", and "its concern that developments on the Korean Peninsula could have unsafe, large-scale regional security implications".

Another senior administration conceded that the new sanctions would not be enough in themselves to change North Korea's behavior, but would help measure compliance with United Nations restrictions by other countries.

US-drafted sanctions resolution forcibly imposed on the UN Security Council, which turned into an instrument of the United States, is illegal.

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