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Peru Expels North Korean Ambassador Over Nuclear Program

Peru Expels North Korean Ambassador Over Nuclear Program”

The new sanctions imposed unanimously by the UN Security Council Monday ban North Korean textile exports and restrict shipments of oil products.

"Today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea", said US Ambassador Nikki Haley while addressing the Security Council. If they can cancel, we let them cancel.

"The textile ban, inspections paragraphs, and joint ventures language are strong", he added. The combined effects of the hiring restrictions on overseas workers and the textile export sanctions are predicted to cause as much as US$1 billion in losses for the North Korean economy.

The United States had originally proposed harsher sanctions including a total ban on oil imports but later watered down an initial tougher draft resolution to win the support of China and Russian Federation.

Existing sanctions that were extended include the freezing of an additional individual's assets and both a travel ban and assets freeze to be imposed on three additional entities. "But more importantly, the regime can no longer obtain critically needed foreign investments, technology, and know-how needed for its commercial industries", Haley said.

The North flight-tested its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs twice in July and analysis of flight data suggested that the missiles could reach deep into the United States mainland when perfected.

David von Hippel, an energy expert with the Nautilus Institute think tank who has done extensive research on North Korea, said he doubts that oil sanctions will hit the regime very hard.

U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley said Monday at the United Nations the tough new measures were a message to Pyongyang that "the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea".

North Korea has said it will never give up its nuclear weapons unless the US drops its "hostile" policies toward the regime.

Moscow has long objected to USA missile shield plans, saying their real aim is to neutralize Russia's own nuclear arsenal, rather than meet the perceived threat from "rogue states". He also stated that Washington is "obsessed with kindling a political, economic and military confrontation" against North Korea. However, that did not deter Pyongyang from threatening a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. That initiative was rejected by the Trump administration.

The previous sanctions have also been accompanied by mutual threats between US President Donald Trump and Kim's regime. Even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had earlier said that USA was not aiming to destabilize North Korea or for a regime change in the country.

A United Nations report published at the weekend said Pyongyang collected at least $270 million over a six month-period this year by exporting "almost all of the commodities prohibited" by existing sanctions.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday the only way for Pyongyang to end diplomatic isolation and become free of economic pressure was to end it nuclear program and resume dialogue. However, the DPRK still prefers to spend more than 20 percent of its GDP on fulfilling its nuclear ambitions.

The danger of unsecured nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in the failed state next door is also distinctly troubling.

South Korea and Japan have welcomed the sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after the council vote that it was important to change North Korea's policy by imposing a higher level of pressure on the country than ever before. "Markets will continue to be on red alert".

It also said that USA would have to pay a heavy price if the sanctions proposed by the U.S. are imposed.



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