Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

No evidence that North Korea diverted missile wages

No evidence that North Korea diverted missile wages

The Monash University professor said the sanctions imposed by the United Nations are not impacting North Korea as hoped.

Ri Pyong Chol and Kim Jong Sik are now both blacklisted - which means any assets they have in the USA will be frozen, although as NPR's David Welna notes, "It's not clear whether either of them, in fact, has any US assets".

The sanctions also order the repatriation of North Korean workers sent overseas to earn much-needed revenue for Kim's regime.

The US had proposed an asset freeze for North Korea's leader and a total ban on oil imports. The U.S. has increased sanctions on North Korea following missile tests.

The latest round comes weeks after North Korea conducted an intercontinental ballistics missile test in late November.

USA ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley praised the Security Council for passing the resolution and condemned the regime as "the most tragic example of evil in the modern world", adding, "Should the North Korean regime conduct another nuclear or ballistic missile test, this resolution commits the Security Council to take even further action".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made relatively fewer public appearances in 2017 since he assumed power in 2011 and about 30 per cent less than 2016, South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Friday.

According to CNBC, some industry sources are doubtful about the data and suggest that China may still be supplying about 520,000 tonnes, or 3.8 million barrels, of crude oil a year to North Korea via an ageing pipeline.

North Korea said earlier today that it will never give up its nuclear weapons if the United States and allies continue with their blackmail and war drills.

Trump, though, has publicly contradicted Tillerson, tweeting in October that his secretary of state was "wasting his time" in pursuing negotiations with Kim, whom he mocks as "Little Rocket Man".

The presence of the antibodies in the unidentified soldier means that he was either exposed to or vaccinated for anthrax, and that he was immune to the bacteria that cause the deadly disease, reported South Korea's Channel A. And it looks like North Korea's regime has fixed on one already: It won't change course on its nuclear program.

November was the second consecutive month China did not report exports of diesel or gasoline to North Korea.

Kim Jong-sik and Ri Pyong-chol were both said to be "key" players in the development of Pyongyang's ICBM strategy.

Its latest missile is claimed to be capable of striking anywhere in the United States.

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