North Korea vows to boost weapons programme after sanctions

North Korea vows to boost weapons programme after sanctions

North Korea vows to boost weapons programme after sanctions

"As the Chinese cut off oil and gas, we're seeing [North Korea] turn to Russia", the newspaper quoted an unnamed senior USA official with knowledge of alleged Russian smuggling into North Korea on Monday.

"Perhaps more importantly, banning all crude oil imports except what China provides through one pipeline gives China a lot of leverage over North Korea, assuming other countries adhere to the ban".

The U.N. move was triggered by the North's sixth and largest nuclear test this month.

Although the resolution won unanimous backing from all 15 council members, the weakened penalties reflected the power of Russian Federation and China, which had objected to the original language and could have used their votes to veto the measure, reported New York Times.

They also reduce by about a third the amount of oil North Korea can import.

"All options are on the table".

"Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have increased in value in the previous year, nation states are beginning to take notice", FireEye said."Consequently, it should be no surprise that cryptocurrencies, as an emerging asset class, are becoming a target of interest by a regime that operates in many ways like a criminal enterprise".

"We definitely see sanctions being a big lever driving this sort of activity", said Luke McNamara, a researcher at FireEye and author of the new report.

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Nato head Jens Stoltenberg said at the weekend that North Korea's "reckless behaviour", pursuing nuclear and missile programmes, was a global threat and required a global response.

He accused the United States of being "obsessed with the wild game of reversing the DPRK's development of nuclear force, which has already reached the completion phase".

The Security Council is due to vote in NY on a US-drafted resolution to impose new restrictions on the rogue state following its sixth and largest nuclear test, carried out just over a week ago.

Han did not elaborate, but North Korea frequently vows to destroy the United States.

The latest resolution also calls on countries to inspect vessels on the high seas, with the consent of the flag state, if they have reasonable grounds to believe the ships are carrying prohibited cargo to North Korea.

The U.N. Security Council agreed to boost sanctions on North Korea, banning its textile exports and capping fuel supplies, and making it illegal for foreign firms to form commercial joint ventures with North Korean entities.

The UN Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea on Monday.

"We have been clear in close consultation with the Americans that oil has to be included as an element of sanctions", South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-Wha told reporters. "The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return".

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with a German newspaper she would "immediately say yes" if Germany was asked to help end the crisis.

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

The United Nations Security Council adopted its ninth resolution for additional sanctions on Tuesday morning, following the rogue nation's latest nuclear test on September 6.

The DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name.

The New York Times quoted Washington-based executive director Daryl Kimball of the Arms Control Association as saying: "There is no only-sanctions strategy that will bring the North Koreans to heel".

Nevertheless, the new resolution was an important step forward and there was room for strong interpretation, he said.

According to Chinese customs data, North Korea imports almost 2.2 million barrels a year in petroleum products, but some US officials believe the true number is much higher: about 4.5 million barrels.

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