UN Security Council unanimously steps up sanctions on North Korea

UN Security Council unanimously steps up sanctions on North Korea

UN Security Council unanimously steps up sanctions on North Korea

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.

North Korean leader Kim attended the glitzy event himself, where footage purportedly showing the explosion was played, accompanied by a full string orchestra.

There was new political language in the resolution urging "further work to reduce tensions so as to advance the prospects for a comprehensive settlement".

South Korean officials have said after the North's sixth nuclear test on September 3, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb, that it could launch another intercontinental ballistic missile in defiance of worldwide pressure.

"We are facing not a regional but a global threat, not a virtual but an immediate threat, not a serious but an existential threat", Francois Delattre, the French envoy to the United Nations said after the vote.

The resolution imposes a ban on condensates and natural gas liquids, a cap of 2 million barrels a year on refined petroleum products, and a cap on crude oil exports to North Korea at current levels. Almost 80 percent of the textile exports went to China.

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Perhaps players should start watching their backs lest he takes a leaf out of his father Kim Jong-nam's playbook when it came to film directors and decide to "invite" a few players back to North Korea for an extended contract with the national team.

The United States has called for a vote Monday, New York time, on new U.N. sanctions against North Korea.

"The DPRK is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means", the statement said, referring to the country by its acronym.

Chinese officials have privately expressed fears that an oil embargo could risk causing massive instability in its neighbor.

Seibert said Merkel had already discussed the issue with other leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and a call was also planned with Putin.

Haley said the resolution aimed to hit "North Korea's ability to fuel and fund its weapons program".

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"This resolution also puts an end to the regime making money from the 93,000 North Korean citizens it sends overseas to work and heavily taxes".

A Security Council resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by permanent members Britain, the United States, France, Russia or China to pass. More recently this has typically taken one to three months.

Undaunted by the worldwide criticism of its test, which Pyongyang says was of a hydrogen bomb, Pyongyang celebrated through the weekend, with concerts and banquets for the country's nuclear scientists and engineers.

Merkel reiterated her call for a peaceful solution while speaking to supporters on Friday.

South Korea braced for a possible further missile test by North Korea when it marks its founding anniversary on Saturday.

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