Korea warns USA of 'greatest pain' over United Nations sanctions drive

Korea warns USA of 'greatest pain' over United Nations sanctions drive

North Korea has been hit by a new set of United Nations sanctions following the country's latest nuclear test on 3 September.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously approved a fresh round of tougher sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

After Monday's 15-0 vote on the sanctions compromise, Haley called the package "by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea".

Several diplomats said the US demand for a speedy council vote was aimed at putting maximum pressure on China and reflected Washington's escalating concern over North Korea's latest nuclear test, which its leaders touted as a hydrogen bomb, and its recent ballistic missile launch over Japan.

As far as energy, the sanctions will put a cap on crude and refined oil imports, and limit refined petroleum imports.

Pyongyang has staged a series of missile tests in recent months, culminating in an intercontinental ballistic missile that appeared to bring much of the United States mainland into range - ramping up tensions and earning itself a seventh set of UN Security Council sanctions.

"We also won't open new accounts now".

An Aug. 5 United Nations resolution banned North Korean exports of coal.

Employees at several branches of the country's "big four" - Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China and China Construction Bank - confirmed the financial curbs for North Korean clients.

The sanctions caps oil exports, bans all textile exports, restrict future employment of North Koreans overseas, allow countries to inspect ships going and coming from North Korea but without using force, and add more weapons-related items and technologies to the list of items prohibited for transfer to Pyongyang. North Korea detonated a device, which it said was a thermonuclear bomb small enough to fit on a long-range ballistic missile.

Despite the weakened penalties, Haley cast the resolution as a victory in her Security Council remarks.

Even though South Korea's foreign minister said redeploying American nukes wasn't being discussed, the country's defense minister said that "some South Korean lawmakers and media are strongly pushing" for that option.

"We are not looking for war and the North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return".

The US envoy, Nikki Haley who has been tough on the US' position against the regime said, "We are acting in response to a risky new development. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it", Haley added.

Originally the USA proposed a much harsher set of sanctions but toned them down to get Russian Federation and China on board.

Some diplomats estimate that between 60,000 and 100,000 North Koreans work overseas. "But those talks are not yet happening". The final resolution was the result of "tactical calls" to "get strong results" and get everyone on the Security Council on board, the official added.

In the hours leading up to the vote, Pyongyang warned the United States on Monday that it would pay a "due price" for spearheading efforts on UN sanctions.

"China will continue to advance dialogue", he said. The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no-return", Haley told the council, adding: "If North Korea continues its risky path, we will continue with further pressure.

North Korea has been public about its most recent nuclear test, but has been less transparent about the scope of its nuclear facilities. Beijing has warned that rhetoric from both sides - the USA has threatened military action against North Korea - is making things worse.

Lawmakers pressed State and Treasury Department officials for evidence new sanctions would be more effective.

That is exactly the combination of actions that was used by the Obama administration to drive Iran into negotiations over its nuclear activities for what became the 2015 deal that Trump has often denounced as a giveaway.

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