Merkel backs tougher United Nations sanctions against North Korea call with Putin

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The resolution imposes a ban on condensates and natural gas liquids, a cap of two million barrels a year on refined petroleum products, and a cap on crude oil exports to North Korea at current levels.

Washington wants the Security Council to vote on Monday to impose the sanctions, despite resistance from Beijing and Moscow to the new measures.

In June, the United States slapped sanctions on the Bank of Dandong, a Chinese bank located at the border with North Korea which it accused of "facilitating millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea's WMD (weapons of mass destruction) and ballistic missile programs". Haley made clear that no talks or sanctions have worked to halt the regime's nuclear program.

Along with settling for the compromise on oil, the US unsuccessfully tried to get a travel ban and freezes on the assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Air Koryo, the North's flagship airline.

"It mainly aims at limiting North Korea's foreign exchange revenue and cutting off the foreign exchange (supply) that it needs to develop its nuclear plans". Some experts say that reducing the flow of crude oil is one possible solution, but analysts have posited that China is already sending the minimum amount of oil necessary to maintain the pipeline, making a further reduction impractical. North Korean foreign ministry officials were said to be planning informal talks with former US officials in Switzerland on Monday, Japan's Nippon Television reported, without saying where it got the information. Experts agree, the US cannot stage such an attack because the risk of Chinese intervention is significant, and the North can also inflict severe casualties on South Korean civilians living within range of their artillery.

"They will eat grass but they will not turn away from the path that will provide for their security", he said of North Koreans last week.

There are also restrictions on textiles, which are North Korea's second-biggest export after coal and other minerals.

"It does sound like US patience is running out", Ruggiero said. Still, with Russian Federation and China on board with tightening the sanctions, North Korea will be hit with additional restrictions.

NIKKI HALEY: Today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.

"Saudi Arabia's case", said Hagerty, "won't be driven by what happens with North Korea". The negotiations reflect differences among world powers over the best way to halt Kim's push for a nuclear weapon that can target the USA homeland.

Britain's U.N. ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, told reporters who questioned the watering down of the initial US text that "there is a significant prize in keeping the whole of the Security Council united".

With more sanctions likely and usage of cryptocurrencies broadening, experts say North Korea's embrace of digital cash will increase.

"It's been a long, long time of waiting for China to comply with the sanctions that we pass and, frankly, with the sanctions that the United Nations passed", he said. That initiative was rejected by the Trump administration.

On Aug. 30, Trump said "talking is not the answer" when it comes to dealing with Pyongyang. He said so far he did not have evidence that Kim Jong-un's regime has targeted cryptocurrency exchanges outside of South Korea, but did not rule out the possibility in the future.

"But I also think that for every nuclear aspirant there is a unique set of incentives and disincentives to work from", he told CNN.

KELEMEN: It did seem so to many of us who have been watching this.

The latest draft also would step up an inspections program for cargo ships heading to or from North Korea, but wouldn't authorize the use of force to board ships on the high seas, as an earlier draft would.

DPRK is short for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Yesterday The Sun reported how Kim Jong-Un's despotic regime vowed to "make absolutely sure the U.S. pays due price" for squaring up to the nuclear-armed rogue state.

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