Kim Axed From North Korea Sanctions Draft Ahead Of UN Vote

US pushes oil embargo on North Korea, takes aim at Kim Jong-Un

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea on Monday - a move that comes just one week after the rogue nation carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test.

The tougher sanctions approved by the UN Security Council were due to the recent nuclear test conducted by North Korea.

Ambassador Han Tae Song also lashed out at the United States during a session of the U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament, saying North Korea denounces Washington's "evil intention" and would "make sure the US pays a due price".

"We are not looking for war". And it wants Pyongyang to stop nuclear and missile tests. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it. ...

The global pitch against North Korea's show of nuclear mettle is getting shriller by the day. "The choice is theirs".

The sanctions were not the toughest-ever measures sought by the administration of US President Donald Trump that had vowed to ban all oil imports and freeze worldwide assets of the government and its leader, Kim Jong-Un.

It provided a complete embargo on oil, oil products and gas, the referral of North Korea to its expatriates (approximately 93.000 according to Washington), the freezing of assets of Kim Jong-un, the ban of the import of textiles north Korean and inspections by the force of vessels on the high seas suspected of violating the United Nations resolutions.

It bars countries from issuing new work permits to North Korean labourers sent overseas - there are some 93,000, providing Kim's regime with a source of revenue to develop its missile and nuclear programmes, according to a U.S. official familiar with the negotiations.

"It seems that the U.S. and China, in particular, have reached a compromise in which the former wants to take tougher action against the North and the latter wants to avoid steps that could destabilize its ally", said Kim Keun-sik, a professor at Kyungnam University.

It also bans joint ventures with North Korean entities, except for non-commercial public utility infrastructure projects not generating profits, and calls for the inspection of vessels on the high seas, if there are reasonable grounds to believe the cargo of such vessels is prohibited items.

During the final resolution of the sanctions, adopted on 5 August, the number of expatriate workers from north korea had been capped.

As expected, and continuing the merry-go-round, North Korea has responded by saying that "if the USA adheres to sanctions and pressure it will face unprecedentedly resolute counteraction it can not hold control of".

"If South Korea, Japan, or both could have the US deploy tactical nuclear weapons, that'll put pressure on Kim to come to dialogue", Lee said.

The textile export ban alone would cost North Korea about $726 million a year, the US said.

Nebenzia also said it was a "big mistake" to ignore the Russian-Chinese initiative to restart dialogue with Pyongyang.

Liu said relevant parties should resume negotiations "sooner rather than later".

The U.S. has called for sanctions that would virtually end all trade with North Korea and freeze all assets controlled by the regime.

"This resolution reduces about 30% of oil provided to North Korea by cutting off over 55% of refined petroleum products going to North Korea", it read.

The resolution, though considered a watered-down version of the US draft, will reduce oil provided to North Korea by around 30 percent, according to the USA mission to the United Nations, and cut off over 55 percent of refined petroleum products going to the country. Despite deep frustration with Kim Jong-un, North Korea is a Chinese neighbour and ally, a fellow Leninist state with a shared victim narrative about the past and a shared ambition for the future to remove the USA presence in North East Asia. Trump has been threatening fire and fury, but the military hasn't done anything to suggest that it's preparing for a military option here.

He said Pyongyang sees the resolution passed on September 11 as "illegal, and that is why it resolutely condemns and fully rejects it".

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