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N/Korea threatens US with 'greatest pain' after UN sanctions

13 Septembre 2017

The UN Security Council yesterday unanimously backed new sanctions against Kim Jong-Un's regime, including restrictions on shipments of oil products, drawing an angry response from Pyongyang. The world body on Monday banned North Korean textile exports, an important source of hard currency, and capped its imports of crude oil.

The clampdown also caps imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months, and it limits the import of refined petroleum products to two million barrels a year.

Thornton noted that last month the US rolled out new sanctions targeting Russian and Chinese individuals and entities.

But she stressed that "these steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively".

President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at the Pentagon.

"If the worldwide community remains united and resolute, we can deter North Korea from its course".

China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi called on North Korea to "take seriously the expectations and will of the global community" that it halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development, and called on all parties to remain "cool-headed" and not stoke tensions. "We are now acting to stop it from having the ability to continue doing the wrong thing".

Russian Federation has argued that sanctions aren't working and President Vladimir Putin expressed concern last week that a total oil cutoff could hurt the North Korean people. More than 90,000 North Korean workers employed overseas bring the regime about a half billion dollars a year. "But I'm not sure that they will really have much effect on the nuclear weapons and missile programs, given the priority that those initiatives must have for the DPRK leadership".

'We need to use every ounce of leverage.to put maximum pressure on this rogue regime, ' he said at a committee hearing on ways to pressure North Korea.

North Korea has said the United States will "suffer the greatest pain" over its role in bringing forth the latest sanctions on Pyongyang.

Von Hippel co-authored a report for Nautilus earlier this month that found even a major reduction in Chinese oil exports to North Korea would likely have only a muted impact on military activities because Pyongyang can safely be assumed to have significant stockpiles of oil. It still proposes a ban on textile exports.

N/Korea threatens US with 'greatest pain' after UN sanctions
N/Korea threatens US with 'greatest pain' after UN sanctions

Connolly protested that Trump had branded South Korea's leader, a supporter of diplomacy with North Korea, as an appeaser.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is "ready to use a form of ultimate means", Mr Han said, without elaborating. Additionally, other countries now can not issue work permits to North Korean labourers and firms can not indulge in joint ventures with the nation either.

It would add the name of North Korean senior official Pak Yong Sik, who helps direct the country's missile industries, to the blacklist along with three other North Korean agencies. The original USA draft would also have frozen the assets of North Korea's state-owned airline Air Koryo, the Korean People's Army and five other powerful military and party entities.

"In case the USA eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful "resolution" on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the U.S. pays due price", the statement, carried by Pyongyang's state media organisation, the Korean Central News Agency (KNCA), added.

The US had proposed some of the strictest sanctions yet against the already heavily censured nation.

Australia is playing down North Korean threats to inflict the "greatest pain" on the U.S. following additional sanctions on the rogue nation.

DeThomas agreed that it was unwise to break the unity of the Security Council, but he said the USA administration is unlikely to accept "a very watered down approach".

Kim condemned the new sanctions as part of the hostility from the United States regarding North Korea that he said has forced Pyongyang to pursue nuclear tests as a dissuasive measure. While the US and China agree the Korean peninsula should be rid of nuclear weapons, they differ on how best to achieve that. Both countries have called for the Security Council to move away from sanctions, and, instead, focus on a return to the negotiating table via the Six Party Talks.

North Korea has so far remained quiet on the sanctions, despite threats that it is "ready to take any final resort" against the United States should tougher measures be imposed.

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

N/Korea threatens US with 'greatest pain' after UN sanctions