UNSC adopts tougher sanctions on N Korea over missile launches

Claudine Rigal
Août 7, 2017

The Council also prohibited countries from increasing the total number of work authorisations for North Korean nationals.

"Further action is required".

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said he hoped recent remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "were honest - that the U.S.is not seeking to dismantle the existing (North Korea) situation or to forcibly unite the peninsula or to militarily intervene in the country".

The commitments included that the goal of the Six-Party Talks is the verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner, and that the United States and the North Korean respect each other's sovereignty and exist together peacefully.

The comments came as USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson was in the Philippines for a regional summit expected to focus heavily on concerns with North Korea. "The United States is taking and will continue to take prudent defensive measures to protect ourselves and our allies", she said.

The resolution also prevents North Korea from increasing the number of workers it sends overseas whose earnings are another source of revenue for Kim's regime. Still, negotiating new measures typically takes months, not weeks.

In November, the Security Council capped the North's coal exports at $US400 million annually.

"The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea".

"Through the resolution, the UNSC strongly condemned North Korean ballistic missiles and imposed more strengthened sanctions, proclaiming once again the worldwide community's determination that it will never condone North Korea's nuclear and missile development", according to the statement.

The United States negotiated with China for a month on the resolution, then expanded negotiations to the full council on Friday. China is central to this drive and is the focus of other administration efforts-and some frustration as shown in tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump.

"This is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation", Haley told the council after the vote. "I think that the Chinese realized that the United States was going to push, but they responded and we appreciate how they cooperated with us during these negotiations".

The article was printed as the UN Security Council adopted its Resolution 2371.

Liu, asked about the role of USA pressure in negotiations, said China has been consistent on its aim of achieving denuclearization, peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and trying "to re-launch negotiations to achieve this end".

The Council also designated several additional individuals for a travel ban and assets freeze, as well as designating entities for an assets freeze.

North Korea's top diplomat, Ri Hong-Yo, was attending the regional summit, which is hosted by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

"The day the U.S. dares tease our nation with a nuclear rod and sanctions, the mainland United States will be catapulted into an unimaginable sea of fire", the North's ruling-party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said in an article.

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