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

United States will 'suffer greatest pain' over sanctions

United States will 'suffer greatest pain' over sanctions

"My delegation condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the latest illegal and unlawful U.N. Security Council resolution", North Korean Ambassador Han Tae Song told the U.N. -sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. "The North Koreans have also proliferated just about every capability they've ever produced, including chemical weapons and a nuclear reactor", McMaster said in a recent interview with the New Yorker. The US and the European Union have also imposed wide-ranging bans to isolate North Korea. "We now have more tools in our toolbox and we will continue to use them to put additional sanctions on North Korea until they stop this behavior".

The statement also said that the sanctions "verify that the road [North Korea] chose to go down was absolutely right and to strengthen its resolve to follow this road at a faster pace without the slightest diversion until this right to finish is over".

In a speech in Seoul to university students during that visit, Obama warned Pyongyang that if the regime didn't shift from its quest for nuclear weapons there would be "more broken dreams, more isolation, ever more distance between the people of North Korea and the dignity and the opportunity that they deserve".

The US and its allies have been calling for stern measures against North Korea since the September 3 nuclear test.

Our President Donald Trump' bombastic words about North Korea being destroyed by the greatest concentration of "fire and fury" the world had ever seen if Kim Jong-un should strike the USA with nuclear weapons did not and will not improve the risky situation in the Far East.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said she wouldn't be surprised if Trump declared that Iran wasn't complying because the deal was "very flawed, very limited".

They have proposed a freeze-for-freeze which would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the US and South Korea stopping their joint military exercises - something the Trump administration has rejected as a false equivalence.

Britain's UN ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, told reporters who questioned the watering down of the initial U.S. text "there is a significant prize in keeping the whole of the Security Council united".

The measures restrict oil imports and ban textile exports, and were approved after North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month.

The foreign ministry had said that if the USA "does rig up the illegal and unlawful 'resolution, '" it will have to face consequences.

Both Billingslea and Susan Thornton, the acting assistant secretary for the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said that the administration is pushing China to act.

So co-operating with the latest round of strengthened sanctions is China's way of signalling its displeasure with what it sees as Pyongyang's reckless pursuit of nuclear and missile programmes.

Peru declared the ambassador, Kim Hak-Chol, a persona non grata on Monday to protest North Korea's refusal to heed the world's "constant calls" to end its nuclear programme - giving him five days to leave the Andean country.

China's Permanent Representative Liu Jieyi said that the United States must consider what he called the legitimate concerns of all parties and make it a part of its policy towards the region to not seek regime change in Pyongyang or a collapse of the country or an accelerated pace of reunification of the two Koreas.

To kick-start talks, China and Russian Federation have proposed a dual suspension of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile testing, as well as US and South Korean military exercises. Haley has dismissed it as insulting.

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