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Japan's PM welcomes new United Nations sanctions on North Korea

Instead, the level of crude oil is capped to the four million barrels it now receives from a Chinese pipeline, while deliveries of refined oil products are limited to 500,000 barrels for three months from October 1 and to two million barrels from January 1 for a period of 12 months.

The major powers than convened an emergency session of the security council where U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley argued forcefully for harsher sanctions, saying, "enough is enough", and that Kim was "begging for war".

And South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha said: "I do believe that whatever makes it into the final text and is adopted by consensus hopefully will have significant consequences on the economic pressure against North Korea".

Britain and France - permanent veto-wielding Security Council members along with the US, China and Russian Federation - have given Washington their strong backing.

"If it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future".

As the UN Security Council voted to apply more economic pressure against North Korea on Monday, Russian smugglers have been shipping petroleum and other goods to the regime, United States officials said in a Washington Post report.

North Korea imports all the crude oil it consumes-some 520,000 tons a year-most of which comes from China.

Kim Jong Un's regime "is closely following the moves of the U.S. with vigilance", its state-run Korean Central News Agency said Monday, citing a statement by the ministry of foreign affairs.

Merkel said she thought the only way to deal with North Korea's nuclear program was to come to a diplomatic solution.

On whether to recognize North Korea as a nuclear state, Onodera said that would be "up to the global community to judge".

Textiles were North Korea's second-biggest export after coal and other minerals in 2016, totalling $US752 million, according to data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.

US officials said the new measures would cut North Korean exports by 90 percent, pinching the regime's ability to get hard currency.

Yet Kim has repeatedly shrugged off previous sanctions, staying focused on the goal of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the US mainland.

But North Korean foreign office spokesman Ri Tok-Son said it was "preposterous" to think Pyongyang might attack Europe in the event of war.

The government will continue to work toward a peaceful achievement of the complete denuclearization of North Korea with "complete confidence" in the South Korea-U.S. combined defense posture and deterrence capabilities, she noted.

DPRK is the abbreviation for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Haley has rejected that proposal as 'insulting'.

One of the measures that could be implemented by the USA, if the additional sanctions are not approved by the United Nations, is for them to impose sanctions on any country that has any kind of trading deal with North Korea. "Beyond sanctions there is not much cohesion as to the path ahead".

But Kang added both the USA and South Korea believed in following a policy of "responding firmly (to) provocations through tough sanctions while leaving the door open for dialogue".

China supplies most of North Korea's crude.

China fought alongside North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War, in which Chinese leader Mao Zedong lost his eldest son, and Beijing has always been Pyongyang's chief ally and primary trade partner. "We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing".

When asked whether they could possibly launch a missile at us, he said: "Not yet, but they are clearly accelerating their missile programme, the range is getting longer and we have to get this programme halted because the dangers now of miscalculation, of some accident triggering a response are extremely great".

The experts monitoring sanctions said in a report released Saturday that Kim Jong Un's government continues to flout sanctions on commodities as well as an arms embargo and restrictions on shipping and financial activities.

"As long as the present puppet authorities of South Korea regard the policy of toeing the foreign forces as "a cure all", talking about "cooperation" with the sworn enemy insane for wild ambition to invade Korea, the improvement of the north-south relations based on the spirit of By Our Nation Itself cannot be expected".



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