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United States begging for war, not North Korea

13 Septembre 2017

North Korea on Tuesday blasted "vicious" sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council over its latest and most powerful nuclear test, threatening revenge against Washington, who it blamed for leading the charge.

Instead, the resolution caps refined oil imports at 2 million barrels and crude oil imports at their current levels.

Resolution 2375 also includes a ban on exports of North Korean textiles, a key source of revenue for the regime and restrictions on the use of North Korean workers overseas.

"That is why we have offered to be helpful in the search for new ways to de-escalate the situation", he said, hours before the U.N. Security Council was due to vote on a USA -drafted resolution that would impose new sanctions on Pyongyang. In order to pass, a resolution needs nine of the 15 Security Council members to vote in favor and no vetoes by any of the five permanent members- the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China.

Bitcoin and other forms of virtual money - known as cryptocurrencies - appeal to North Korea as the USA pursues global sanctions aimed at further isolating the country, according to a new report from FireEye. North Korea's suspension of tests this weekend had led to a small rise in their stocks.

The measure is unlikely to have a significant impact on the North Korean military or nuclear weapons program, according to a report Tuesday by the Nautilus Institute, a think tank that specializes in energy issues. North Korea had warned ahead of the U.N. vote that the United States would pay a "due price" if it pursues stronger sanctions.

The hearing came a day after the U.N. Security Council imposed its latest sanctions over what North Korea says was a hydrogen bomb test September 3, its most powerful atomic test yet.

Russian Federation and China are pushing for talks with North Korea, but their proposal for a freeze on Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests in exchange for suspending US-South Korean military drills has been rejected by the United States.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un
KCNA KIM JONG-UN North Korea's leader signs the order for his latest weapon – the H-bomb

Its ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Han Tae Song, rejected the resolution as "illegal and unlawful" and said Washington was "fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation".

China accounts for 90 percent of North Korea's external trade.

"'We are acting in response to a unsafe new development", USA envoy Nikki Haley told the Security Council after the vote.

China's banks are reportedly beginning to take heed of United States sanctions on North Korea.

After late-night negotiations Sunday with China, the USA delegation broadly weakened a sanctions proposal that Beijing was unwilling to support.

The White House has threatened North Korea with a nuclear war, which is a clear violation of the United Nations charter; thus, President Trump needs to be impeached immediately and removed from office, Swanson noted.

Rather than using military moves or bomb strikes, Mr Willink said he would simply give the North Koreans iPhones. The ship then docked in Vladivostok, Russia, before finally going to China to presumably unload its cargo. Part of the reason why numerous US' military options against North Korea range from bad to worse is due to the fact that Seoul, South Korea, a city with more than 25 million people, is within artillery range of the North.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin appeared to be reluctant in agreeing to increased sanctions on North Korea.

United States begging for war, not North Korea