Trump says UN sanctions on NKorea 'small step'

Trump says UN sanctions on NKorea 'small step'

Trump says UN sanctions on NKorea 'small step'

"The adoption of sanction resolution against my country is an extreme manifestation of USA intention to eliminate at any cost the ideology, social system of DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and its people", the ambassador said while addressing other state representatives in Geneva.

On September 3, the North Korean Army carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test with a hydrogen bomb, which triggered a strong condemnation of the worldwide community and raised tensions in the region.

The UN resolution asks countries to inspect ships entering and leaving North Korean ports. He called on North Korea to "take seriously" the will of the global community to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development.

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A USA official, familiar with the council negotiations and speaking on condition of anonymity, said North Korea imported some 4.5 million barrels of refined petroleum products annually and 4 million barrels of crude oil.

China's United Nations ambassador Liu Jieyi called for a resumption of negotiations "sooner rather than later". Over the weekend, there were negotiations. "We will also be undertaking prompt steps to implement the new resolution and the measures it contains". And let's just say it has far fewer teeth. After China halted its coal trade with North Korea in February, Pyongyang switched its coal export destinations to Malaysia and Vietnam.

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"Until that time, the USA will continue to impose additional sanctions and the North will continue to seek provocations".

The Security Council also imposed a complete ban on the North's exports of textile products seen as a major source of foreign currency suspected of being diverted to advance its nuclear and missile programs.

Countries that have provided work permits for North Koreans would report to the United Nations on the number of guest workers they have employed and the date for ending those contracts.

More than 90 percent of North Korea's reported exports are now fully banned by sanctions, Haley said.

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British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft described the revised draft as "very robust" and suggested that the changes were aimed at averting a possible veto from Russian Federation or China. Those were his words.

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China's official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary that the Trump administration was making a mistake by rejecting diplomatic engagement with North Korea.

"Instead of making (the) right choice with rational analysis, . the Washington regime (has opted) for political, economic, and military confrontation", Han said. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization said it was another breach of the accepted norm against nuclear testing respected by 183 countries since 1996.

The UN seems to have got the message that the U.S.is out of patience.

Trump is taking a harder line, again refusing to exclude a military option against the North.

And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is certainly keeping the door open to diplomacy.

She also said that while the United States is "not looking for war", if Kim continues to develop nuclear weapons, "we will continue with further pressure".

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