NZ welcomes stronger sanctions on North Korea - Brownlee

NZ welcomes stronger sanctions on North Korea - Brownlee

North Korea said Monday that the United States will pay a "due price" and experience the "greatest pain and suffering" if additional sanctions pushed by Washington are approved by the U.N. Security Council over Pyongyang's most powerful nuclear test yet about a week ago.

Limits on imports of crude oil and oil products. The council banned North Korean textile exports and capped its imports of crude oil.

This is the ninth time since 2006 that the UN Security Council have resorted to enforcing sanctions against North Korea for its controversial tests of missiles and nuclear arms.

"The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK [the Democratic People's Republic of Korea - North Korea's official name] will cause the United States the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history", the North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement released by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

But Russia, which employs some 35,000 North Koreans, opposed the move during negotiations, a source said.

It also bans joint ventures with North Korean entities, except for nonprofit public utility infrastructure projects, and prohibits countries from bringing in new North Korean workers.

Part of the reason why numerous US' military options against North Korea range from bad to worse is due to the fact that Seoul, South Korea, a city with more than 25 million people, is within artillery range of the North.

U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said about the regime: "if it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future".

North Korea was condemned globally for conducting its sixth nuclear test on Sept 3, which it claimed was of an advanced hydrogen bomb.

The United Nations has imposed a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test.

A midterm report compiled by a panel of experts under the U.N. Security Council's sanctions committee on North Korea has drawn renewed attention to loopholes in the U.N. sanctions scheme.

The Ministry added that the North Korean nuclear policy was "a serious and unacceptable threat to global peace and security, as well as to the stability of northeast Asia and the world".

The chancellor told FAZ she feared that without diplomatic action, North Korea's nuclear threat could lead to an arms race, with South Korea and Japan also ramping up their nuclear programs.

Most notably, the US dropped its demand for a full oil embargo and a proposal to freeze the assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, members of his family, and other senior regime officials.

Britain's United Nations ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, backed the tough US measures and demand for a speedy vote, saying Thursday that "maximum possible pressure" must be exerted on North Korea to change course and give diplomacy a chance to end the crisis. Luckily, those negotiations and the tough decision to dilute the sanctions resolution paid off and the compromises were made to give everyone what they want - except Kim Jong-un, whose economy has now been neutered even further than it already had by the eight previous sanctions by the United Nations against the country. "The security council has any chance of a hope passing sanctions of resolution that must be able to round up the support of these two countries".

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