UN Security Council Approves New North Korea Sanctions

US calls for UNSC meet over North Korea draft resolution

US calls for UNSC meet over North Korea draft resolution

It would ban all textile exports and prohibit all countries from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers - two key sources of hard currency.

"The forthcoming measures by DPRK [the Democratic Republic of Korea] will make the USA suffer the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history", he told a United Nations conference in Geneva. The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return.

Several diplomats said the United States demand for a speedy council vote was aimed at putting maximum pressure on China and reflected Washington's escalating concern over North Korea's latest nuclear test, which its leaders touted as a hydrogen bomb, and its recent ballistic missile launch over Japan.

Moreover, South Korea Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said that North Korean leader is likely to launch another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) "on September 9". Haley praised the "strong relationship" between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping for enabling the resolution's adoption.

"So we're working flat out at the United Nations to get a better resolution there to enforce the existing sanctions, we're looking at sanctions across the European Union, and of course we're trying to persuade China to keep its neighbour in check".

Together, the caps are likely to slash about 30 percent of North Korea's total oil imports. Almost 80 percent of the textile exports went to China.

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North Korea's Foreign Ministry issued a statement early on Monday saying that it was "ready and willing" to respond with its own measures should a new round of sanctions be approved later in the day. Instead, the ninth set of restrictive sanctions against Pyongyang authorized an annual cap of 2 million barrels of refined petroleum products to North Korea.

It bans sales of textiles, meaning cloth or clothing, by North Korea.

On Sunday, American Defense Secretary revealed after a meeting with Trump, that the USA leader asked what military options are available to deal with North Korea.

The North earned some $270 million from resource exports between February and August, according to the report, despite progressively harsher sanctions.

South Korean officials previously said the United States and China were in last-minute negotiations over how tightly the UNSC resolution will restrict oil exports to North Korea.

"Along with pressure on the North Korean regime to induce it to abandon provocations in the implementation of its nuclear and missile programs, it is necessary to emphasize and increase the priority of efforts to resume the political process", Lavrov said.

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The minister added that Iran is at the top of the list of states suspected of providing North Korea with some kind of aid. The tests began ratcheting up over the summer, as did Trump's rhetoric against the country.

Crude oil supplies would be capped at their current level.

Nor does the resolution impose a travel ban or asset freeze on the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, as the original United States draft had set out.

China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi cut short a visit with other council envoys to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa to return to NY and take part in negotiations on the draft text.

The newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers Party, Rodong Sinmun, reported that the Kim Jong-un regime will continue to develop nuclear weapons to boost the country's security.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre said, "We are facing not a regional but a global threat, not a virtual but an immediate threat, not a serious but an existential threat".

"We work closely with our allies but it is always inappropriate to discuss the locations of our nuclear arsenal, or the topics of closed-door discussions", spokesman Col. Rob Manning said. Under the deal, Iran agreed to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

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