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Fresh UN sanctions to help resolve NK's nukes: Seoul

12 Septembre 2017

North Korea warned the "US gangsters" will pay a "due price" for backing new sanctions in the United Nations against the regime over its recent nuclear test, according to a report Monday.

Celebrations were held in Pyongyang on Saturday to mark the success of the test and the 69th anniversary of the founding of North Korea where Kim Jong-Un said the nuclear test was a "great victory won by the Korean people at the cost of their blood", Efe reported.

President Donald Trump's administration is pushing the Security Council to adopt a united stance as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seeks the capability to strike the U.S. with a nuclear weapon.

North Korea's exports of clothes amounted to US$730 million a year ago, accounting for 25.8 percent of its total overseas shipments, according to the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).

In August, a new round of United States sanctions banned exports including coal, costing North Korea an estimated $US1bn - about a third of its entire export economy.

Negotiations may not result in a big USA political victory, but the current action/reaction cycle, with no negotiation, is doing little to slow North Korea's technical development.

He credited a "strong relationship" between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping for successful resolution of negotiations.

A number of European Union countries including Britain are calling for the expulsion of North Korean workers posted in Europe, saying the revenue they generate is used to fund the nuclear programme.

"These are the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea".

The latest round of sanctions could have a significant effect on the North Korean economy, potentially reducing up to $1.3 billion in annual revenue.

North Korea is now under global United Nations economic sanctions due to its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs.

"If we put firm pressure on North Korea such that it realises it cannot develop missiles, it will accept dialogue and we can progress with diplomatic efforts", Onodera told public broadcaster NHK on Sunday.

The draft was softened considerably to win the support of China - a North Korean ally - and Russian Federation.

To pass, a resolution needs nine of the 15 Security Council members to endorse it. "Unless we firmly apply pressure, North Korea will not change its direction".

"We are actively working with all parties at various levels to find a peaceful solution to the Korean Peninsula's problems", the diplomat added.

But after saying last week that North Korea is "begging for war", Haley told the Security Council, "North Korea has not yet passed the point of no return". "We've said the North can't have nuclear weapons, we've used this rhetoric and we've had no means to prevent it, and this goes back to the assumption that North Korea wasn't going to last so we wouldn't have anything to worry about". The current US strategy of "maximum pressure" has failed to curb North Korea's missile testing and did not prevent the sixth nuclear test from taking place.

Fresh UN sanctions to help resolve NK's nukes: Seoul