China rules out radiation from North Korea after nuclear test

China rules out radiation from North Korea after nuclear test

China rules out radiation from North Korea after nuclear test

The new sanctions imposed unanimously by the UN Security Council Monday ban North Korean textile exports and restrict shipments of oil products.

Last week, Putin criticized USA calls to continue isolating and punishing Pyongyang, saying that "creating military atmosphere and raising hysteria is counterproductive and will lead nowhere".

But no weapons test was detected from North Korea as of Saturday afternoon, as people in capital Pyongyang went through customary practices of showing loyalty to late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the father of third-generation leader Kim Jong Un.

The sanctions are less drastic than what was initially intended by the U.S., who also called for a ban on United Nations member countries selling gas, oil and refined petroleum products to North Korea. And now that there's a ban on textile exports, there is now a ban on every export in the North Korean market, which should start to send a message and warrant a positive response (well, or a negative one). Both are sources of hard currency for Kim's regime.

Building on resolution 1874 (2009), the Council also gives countries the right to inspect ships with the consent of the countries where the ships are registered, "if they have information that provides reasonable grounds to believe that the cargo of such vessels contains items the supply, sale, transfer or export of which is prohibited".

In a rare move, the parliament addressed the North Korean nuclear issue as an official agenda item, receiving briefings from the EU's foreign policy chief and discussing possible European Union responses.

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"The version on the table is strong, it is robust, it is a very significant set of additional sanctions on imports into North Korea and on exports out of North Korea and other measures as well, so that's why we will be voting in favor of it", Matthew Rycroft, Britain's ambassador, told reporters.

The vote at the Security Council will be held at 6:00 pm (2200 GMT). More recently this has typically taken one to three months.

Due to sanctions, including those imposed earlier banning exports of coal, iron and seafood, North Korea is set to lose $2.7 billion or 90 percent of its total exports, according to USA estimates from a year ago.

An Agricultural Bank of China employee in Beijing said North Koreans are barred from opening new accounts but those with current accounts can carry out transactions.

China uses North Korea as a low-priced alternative to domestic production, where cost have risen dramatically in recent years. "The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"If it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future. if North Korea continues its risky path, we will continue with further pressure", said Haley, who credited a "strong relationship" between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping for the successful resolution negotiations. But the council adopted the watered-down sanctions resolution as China and Russian Federation, two of the five veto-wielding council members, reportedly balked at any move that could destabilize the impoverished country.

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Washington has said military action remains an option in dealing with North Korea and threatened to cut economic ties with countries that continue to trade with the it - around 90 percent of the North's external commerce is with China. But the measures sought by the United States were blunted by China and Russian Federation highlighting the powerful influence that Beijing and Moscow with their veto powers wield against Washington internationally when America can not act unilaterally.

He declined to be drawn on whether China was behind the weakening of the draft, saying it hoped the decision would be made "on the basis of full consultation and consensus".

But the North's leader appeared deaf to the global outrage and hailed the "perfect success in the test of H-bomb" at a dinner to congratulate the scientists and technicians behind the nuclear programme, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday.

The statement echoes the threat relayed by Han Tae-song, Pyongyang's ambassador to the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva Tuesday, when he said his country was prepared to use a "form of ultimate means", through which the United States would suffer the "greatest pain" it has ever experienced.

Dubbing the latest test the "great auspicious event of the national history", he called for "redoubled efforts" to complete the country's mission to fully become a recognised nuclear power.

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They target North Korea's $1.3 billion revenue stream originating from textile exports and North Korean overseas laborers. Analysts are sceptical about any immediate effects of the ban, but say it could increase pressure on Pyongyang over time.

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