Peru Also Expels North Korean Ambassador

Peru Also Expels North Korean Ambassador

Still, America's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley told the Security Council after the vote that the new sanctions are the strongest imposed on North Korea and will "cut deep" as they target the regime's ability to fuel and fund its weapons programme.

Japan yesterday backed a United States push for the UN Security Council to vote today on fresh sanctions against Pyongyang, saying that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's nuclear program poses the most serious threat since World War II. "War is never something the Unites States wants - we don't want it now".

United Nations diplomats said that a ministerial-level Security Council meeting on North Korea could be held during the high-level debate of the General Assembly starting on September 19.

"So they will help starve the North Korean regime of the money that it's been using from overseas to continue its nuclear programme". If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it.

"But to achieve such a solution, the pressure on North Korea must be increased". "The choice is theirs".

Even though South Korea's foreign minister said redeploying American nukes wasn't being discussed, the country's defense minister said that "some South Korean lawmakers and media are strongly pushing" for that option.

The original US draft would have ordered all countries to impose an asset freeze and travel ban on Kim Jong Un and four other top party and government officials.

The resolution does ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates, and caps Pyongyang's imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months.

"Along with pressure on the North Korean regime to induce it to abandon provocations in the implementation of its nuclear and missile programs, it is necessary to emphasize and increase the priority of efforts to resume the political process", Lavrov said.

Among other concessions, the new text also removes authorization to use force to inspect ships suspected of carrying North Korean cargo and drops a proposed assets freeze on the state-owned Air Koryo airline. The report notes that Germany is one of few with diplomatic ties to North Korea's capital Pyongyang.

The unanimously passed resolution will impose the latest in a string of sanctions.

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Kim, who has said he will not negotiate unless the U.S. drops its "hostile policies", threw a banquet for nuclear scientists and technicians to celebrate the hydrogen bomb test, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported yesterday.

US President Donald Trump said the move was nothing compared to what would have to happen to deal with North Korea.

Russia's Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia this week said a vote on Monday would be "a little premature".

Chinese UN ambassador Liu Jieyi again called for talks "sooner rather than later".

A tougher initial U.S. draft was weakened to win the support of China, Pyongyang's main ally and trading partner, and Russian Federation, both of which hold veto power in the council. But the USA official said North Korea now receives about 4.5 million barrels of refined petroleum products, which would mean a more than 50 percent cut.

It also banned the North's textile exports - the second-biggest export for the country, which totals $752 million - according to data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency. The Council hopes the measures will force North Korea to observe existing United Nations resolutions.

On Tuesday, Song said the USA had already opted for "military confrontation".

"The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the U.S. the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history", the statement read, quoted by the state-run KCNA news agency.

Pyongyang has staged a series of missile tests in recent months that appeared to bring much of the U.S. mainland into range.

It followed up with a sixth nuclear test on September 3, its largest to date, which it said was a miniaturised hydrogen bomb.

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