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U.S. warns China, Russia must comply with sanctions on North Korea

U.S. warns China, Russia must comply with sanctions on North Korea”

Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea credited China and Russia's support of the United Nations resolution but said both countries "must do much more" to implement and enforce the sanctions, in the face of Pyongyang's ability to evade restrictions that have been progressively tightened for a decade.

Peru on Monday ordered North Korea's ambassador to leave the country within five days because of Pyongyang's nuclear tests in defiance of the global community. There have been only two cities (Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan) bombed with nuclear weapons during World War II on August 6 and August 9, 1945.

A defiant North Korea for its part "categorically rejected" the resolution, saying the U.S. was "fired up" for confrontation and would soon face the "greatest pain" it had ever experienced.

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee says additional sanctions on North Korea mean less money the country will be able to put into its illegal nuclear and missile programmes.

In Dandong, tonnes of North Korean seafood are being smuggled into China every night despite the imposition of United Nations sanctions on August 15 and a resulting Chinese crackdown on the trade.

The United States and its allies argue that tougher sanctions will pile pressure on Kim's regime to come to the negotiating table to discuss an end to its nuclear and missile tests.

It was the eighth series of sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006, with previous resolutions having done little to halt Pyongyang's weapons ambitions.

The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted new sanctions against North Korea following its sixth nuclear test, imposing a cap on exports of crude oil to the country, though it fell short of a complete ban.

The report also said North Korea had been rerouting coal to other countries including Malaysia and Vietnam, and continued to export iron ore and steel products to China, Egypt, France, India, Ireland and Mexico.

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.

Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out using a military strike to take out some of North Korea's nuclear facilities.

Rumors circulate inside the North that China will ban its oil exports to the North, and this has led to a price hike, the broadcaster said.

State Department and Treasury Department officials testified to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the USA pressure campaign against North Korea's rapid progress toward a nuclear weapon that could strike America.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi again called for talks "sooner rather than later". On 14 May 2017, North Korea tested what it said was a "newly developed ballistic rocket" capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.

Ms Haley last week dismissed this proposal as "insulting".



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