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Key points of latest United Nations sanctions against North Korea

Key points of latest United Nations sanctions against North Korea”

The United States has softened language in its draft for new sanctions on North Korea ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote on Monday that risks a veto by Russian Federation or China, Reuters reports.

Song Zhongping, a Beijing-based commentator on military affairs, said China should be prepared for an increase in Patriot and Tomahawk missiles in the region, as well as other weapons capable of hitting North Korean weapons facilities.

The resolution is a watered-down version of the original United States proposal.

Stage one involves eliminating North Korean nuclear and missile facilities before a nuclear weapon can be fired once an imminent strike is detected.

President Donald Trump has regularly called on China to stop North Korea's nuclear advancement, even saying in July that it could "easily" end the crisis.

One company, Velmur, is officially a real estate company in Singapore, but Justice accused it of "facilitating the laundering of funds for North Korea financial facilitators and sanctioned entities", in a complaint filed last month, which notes that Velmur lacks a headquarters, offices and a website, and "bears the hallmarks of a front company".

North Korea was condemned globally for its latest nuclear test on September 3, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb. Are there any indications that the Trump administration is ready for some diplomacy on North Korea?

Both Russia and China reiterated their proposal that the US and South Korea freeze all military drills - which anger North Korea - and asked for a halt in the deployment of the controversial anti-missile system Thaad, in exchange for Pyongyang's cessation of its weapons programmes.

Any sanctions against North Korea must be pursued from a long-term perspective, but that does not mean South Koreans should be exposed to the North's threats in the meantime.

China imported US$147.5 million worth of clothing from North Korea in the second quarter, representing 38 per cent of its import from the reclusive state.

Geng Shuang, spokesman of China's Foreign Ministry, said in a statement that the latest resolution "reflected the common position of its members to safeguard the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region, promote the denuclearization of the Peninsula and uphold the global non-proliferation regime".

The resolution bars countries from issuing new permits to the roughly 93,000 North Korean labourers working overseas.

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. The Republican platform says roughly the same: "We urge the government of China to recognize the inevitability of change in the Kim family's slave state..."

China is North Korea's main ally and by far its biggest trading partner, including for oil shipments.

DPRK is short for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Under the measure, countries are authorized to inspect ships suspected of carrying banned North Korean cargo but must first seek the consent of the flag-state.

But there's another problem, Kelly, and that's the North Koreans don't look eager to talk.

Security Council diplomats, who weren't authorized to speak publicly because talks have been private, said the US and China were still negotiating the text late Sunday. The council has unanimously adopted eight resolutions since 2006 gradually ratcheting up sanctions on North Korea over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has offered to play a role in mediating, as has Switzerland. "If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it", she told the UN Security Council after the adoption of new sanctions.



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