North Korea, US delegates exchange fiery remarks on UN sanctions

Russia in new battle of wills with West over North Korea

Russia in new battle of wills with West over North Korea

The entrepreneur said he wants to help improve political ties with North Korea through his ferry service and "people's diplomacy".

The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a US-drafted resolution that imposes strongest sanctions ever on North Korea, with measures targeting its last remaining major exports and reducing about 30 percent of oil provided to it.

It also bans all textile exports and prohibits countries from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers - two key sources of hard currency for the northeast Asian nation.

The statement said that the forthcoming measures to be taken by North Korea will cause the U.S. the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history.

"We will never forget the lesson that those who have evil intentions must be confronted.
We are now acting to stop it from having the ability to continue doing the wrong thing", she said.

The ministry stressed that the proposed sanctions were aimed at undermining North Korea's sovereignty to an extreme level, and added that Pyongyang was closely monitoring USA moves. But she also held out the prospect of a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

The final agreement was reached after negotiations between the United States and China, the North's ally and major trading partner.

After its late-August missile launch over USA ally Japan, President Donald Trump said "all options are on the table" when it comes to any response.

The United had originally pushed for a strict oil embargo, as well as a freeze on the assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. China is clearly uncomfortable with the pressure it is under to shut down the supply of crude oil to North Korea. The country said it had tested an advanced hydrogen bomb.

Visitors to North Korea say the airline has diversified into new markets in recent months, including cigarettes and fizzy drinks, a taxi fleet and petrol stations in North Korea.

The textile ban is significant.

It bars countries from issuing new work permits to North Korean labourers sent overseas and seeks to phase out the practice by asking countries to report on the date for ending existing contracts.

Textiles were North Korea's second-biggest export after coal and other minerals in 2016, totaling $752m, according to data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.

The vote for the sanctions, the ninth package of measures imposed by the UN Security Council on Pyongyang since 2006 for its nuclear and missile tests, came as a relief to United States diplomats who had feared a Chinese abstention, which would have considerably blunted the impact of the new sanctions.

The Trump administration is touting new sanctions leveled against North Korea by the UN Security Council yesterday (Sept. 11), after it pushed for a vote on the matter.

Many soldiers are used as a labor force to compensate for the ineffective North Korean economy, so the army is not only about military organization.

Russia's renewed focus on North Korea was the subject of a report by private-intelligence firm Stratfor which revealed how it was looking to expand its influence in the region.

"The world will witness how the DPRK tames the United States gangsters by taking a series of actions tougher than they have ever envisaged", the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

The UK ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, was asked why he thought the new sanctions would change North Korean behaviour considering the eight earlier resolutions had failed.

"This is a compromise in order to get everybody on board", French UN Ambassador Francois Delattre said of the draft ahead of the vote.

"We don't take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today".

China and Russian Federation had called for a resolution focused on a political solution to the escalating crisis over North Koreas nuclear program.

China has long anxious that a total oil cutoff would lead to North Korea's collapse. He urged Pyongyang to take "concrete action" toward denuclearization.

A Security Council resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by permanent members Britain, the United States, France, Russia or China to pass.

The resolution also adds language underscoring the Security Council's commitment to North Korea's sovereignty and territorial integrity, to "a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation", and "its concern that developments on the Korean Peninsula could have risky, large-scale regional security implications".

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