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UN Security Council steps up sanctions on defiant North Korea

UN Security Council steps up sanctions on defiant North Korea”

Instead, the resolution includes a cap on how much oil North Korea can import annually, watered down to get China's support. Despite these amendments, the measures implemented Monday are still the strongest sanctions ever brought against the reclusive regime.

Mr Rycroft called the resolution "a very significant set of additional sanctions", declaring "we are tightening the screw, and we stand prepared to tighten it further". "UN Security Council resolution", ambassador Han Tae Song told the gathering.

The ministry said the UNSC resolution embodies the united position of the global community and called on North Korea to "no longer pursue" its nuclear weapons program.

The U.S.is also seeking to ban all countries from hiring workers from North Korea and from importing textiles from the northeast Asian nation - two key sources of foreign currency. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, explained during proceedings that everyone's exhausted of "trying to prod the regime to do the right thing", so the sanctions will hinder its ability "to do the wrong thing". Both Russia and China, as permanent members, wield veto power.

In another key measure, the US draft identified nine ships that have carried out activities prohibited by previous United Nations sanctions resolutions. "If it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future".

He argued that "economic warfare works" in North Korea. Ambassador Han Tae Song said North Korea denounced Washington's "evil intention" and would "make sure the United States pays a due price".

"As the Chinese cut off oil and gas, we're seeing [North Korea] turn to Russia", The Washington Post quoted an unnamed senior USA official with knowledge of alleged Russian smuggling into North Korea as saying on Monday.

"North Korea should no longer test the stern resolve of the worldwide community", spokesman Park Soo-hyun told reporters. Almost 80 percent of the textile exports went to China.

North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on September 3, prompting the UN Security Council to step up sanctions with a ban on the reclusive regime's textile exports and a cap on fuel supplies.

Peru said on Monday that it was expelling North Korea's ambassador over the country's refusal to heed the world's "constant calls" to end its nuclear program.



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