22 January 2018

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09/12/2017 UN-KOREA

UN, new sanctions for Pyongyang, also backed by Russia and China

The US draft “watered-down": only 30% of North's petroleum, textiles and work exports cut. No freezing of Kim Jong-un's foreign accounts. For Pyongyang, the US is "a thirsty animal". Seoul excludes the return of US nuclear warheads.

New York (AsiaNews) - The UN Security Council yesterday unanimously adopted new and additional sanctions for North Korea, which continues to advance its military nuclear program.

To gain the support of Russia and China, the US Resolution proposal was slightly watered down. The original draft foresees the cut of all oil supplies and the freezing of Kim Jong-un's overseas accounts. Instead under the approved text oil supplies will only be cut by 30%, but it adds also a cut for North Korean textile exports, the second country's industry, with a business volume of at least $ 700million. Measures were also taken to block the use of North Korean workforce abroad.

The latest UN resolution against North Korea was voted on August 5, by placing a ban on the sale of coal, minerals, and fish products, which reduced the annual Pyongyang earnings by at least one billion US dollars.

North Korea has slammed the new sanctions. The KCNA state agency defines the US as "a bloodthirsty beast obsessed with the wild dream" of reversing Pyongyang's nuclear programme. It warned that if the US did eventually push through harsher sanctions, North Korea would "absolutely make sure that the US pays due price."

Today, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said his country fully supports new sanctions. At the same time, he hopes there will be a diplomatic and political solution to the crisis, with the return to the sixth dialogue for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

South Korea is also keeping the path of dialogue open. South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon was satisfied with the "consensus" expressed by the international sanctions community. He also ruled out the return to the South of US nuclear weapons, as it was aired instead by Washington.

See also

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Kim Jong-un: Missile over Japan, the first step towards Guam

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04/09/2017 10:20:00 KOREA-ASIA
Global reactions to the 'earthquake' of Pyongyang's nuclear test.

UN Security Council convokes  emergency meeting for this afternoon.  Yesterday’s hydrogen almost 10 times stronger than the previous one. North Korea celebrates "perfect success". Seoul and Tokyo demand maximum increase in sanctions to bring Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table. Military exercises with missiles in the south. Threats to military operations by the US. For some analysts, the aim is to provoke China's embarrassment.

29/08/2017 10:12:00 NORTH KOREA-JAPAN
Pyongyang launches missile over Japan: 'unprecedented' threat

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15/09/2017 09:52:00 KOREA
Pyongyang launches another missile over Japan

An open response to sanctions decided by the UN. Yesterday, North Korea threatened to destroy Japan and reduce the United States into "ash". Critics of China and Russia who still support the North’s economy. Emergency meeting of the Security Council.

05/09/2017 09:58:00 UN-KOREA
UN Security Council on North Korea: War, Sanctions, Dialogue

US Ambassador: Pyongyang is beggingg for a war. The patience of the US "is not without limits". For China and Russia call for efforts to curb rising tensions. Stop joint military exercises in exchange for dialogue with the North. Putin on the phone with Moon Jae-in. Trump proposes arms sales to South Korea.

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