North Korea threatens 'pain and suffering' ahead of United Nations sanctions vote

North Korea threatens 'pain and suffering' ahead of United Nations sanctions vote

The U.N. Security Council was scheduled to vote late Monday on a new, watered-down sanctions resolution against North Korea that eliminates initial USA demands to ban all oil imports to the country and freeze worldwide assets of the government and its leader Kim Jong Un.

Specifically, this resolution will result in a 30% decrease in total oil imports by cutting off over 55% of refined petroleum products going to North Korea, the USA official told CNN.

TRT World spoke to journalists Harry Horton in Washington and Joseph Kim in Seoul for analysis of the newly imposed sanctions.

North Korea has already been slapped with several rounds of crippling UNSC sanctions since it conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

According to the US Mission to the United Nations, the combination of the textile ban with previous United Nations sanctions makes it so that more than 90 percent of North Korea's publicly reported exports have now been embargoed. China, which supplies oil to the North, also likely would have used its veto power if the strict oil sanctions had made it into the final draft.

With backing from China and Russian Federation, the council adopted a US-drafted sanctions resolution just one month after banning exports of coal, lead and seafood in response to North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Both are violations of United Nations resolutions, but Pyongyang claims it must carry them out to build nuclear deterrent against what it sees as USA aggression.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on state media that if the USA "does rig up the illegal and unlawful "resolution" it would respond in kind.

Pyongyang appears unbowed, threatening that America would pay a price for spearheading the measures against it.

Both Cheong Wa Dae and the ruling party insist that deploying USA nukes here would only forfeit the ground to demand North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons and damage the global nonproliferation regime. Mintaro Oba advised senior officials in President Barack Obama's administration on key issues in U.S. -Korea relations in 2016.

However, further on there are tough sanctions.

Russian Federation could also potentially veto the security council resolution.

Hackers tied to North Korea are also suspected of carrying out a series of attacks on global banks that came to light previous year. Among conservative respondents, 82 percent back halting all aid to North Korea, but the proportion is also high among moderates with 65 percent and even 52 percent of progressives.

"They were the toughest and most comprehensive set of sanctions that had been imposed on North Korea to date", Ms Bishop said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country itself is facing a heavy weight under global sanctions for annexing Crimea in 2014, has previously argued that sanctions against North Korea are not effective in halting the Kim regime's missile and nuclear programs. Instead, the sanctions ban future hiring of workers and the renewal of work contracts with North Korean laborers, leaving current working arrangements untouched. The UN report authors corroborated these claims and affirmed that some bank accounts in China, Singapore, and the Middle East are known to be operated by North Korean intelligence agencies.

"These are areas where experts disagree, and there's a big difference in the potential impact based on how much the North Korean regime relies upon outside sources based on those estimates", Paul Musgrave, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said by email. In the meantime, it might continue to make the US's life harder at the UN.

He also opposed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THADD) anti-missile system by the US in South Korea asserting that it undermined the security of China and other countries in the region. In other words, South Korea and the USA could use the issue itself as leverage in pressing Beijing to play a greater role in reining in the North. The U.S. estimates about 93,000 North Koreans are working overseas, the U.S. official said.

In the western Japanese city of Osaka - home to the country's largest population of ethnic Koreans - few are willing to talk publicly about North Korea, and those that do have mixed views on Pyongyang's actions.

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