Peru expels North Korea ambassador as new United Nations sanctions ratified

Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will support an effort to hold talks with North Korea along the lines of the deal done with IranMore

Washington has led the worldwide drive to punish the rogue state after it detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear device.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during a celebration for nuclear scientists and engineers who contributed to a hydrogen bomb test, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on September 10, 2017.

The country will only be able to import two million barrels of refined petroleum products each year and crude oil exports will be capped at current levels.

The sanctions also place a ban on all textile exports from North Korea and notably restricts the activities of North Korean workers overseas. Both are sources of hard currency for Kim's regime.

But the measures sought by the U.S. 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.

The vote at the Security Council will be held at 6:00 pm (2200 GMT).

The hydrogen bomb test reportedly produced an explosion almost 10 times larger than the blast from the Hiroshima bomb in 1945.

The dangers of a "miscalculation" which could provoke a military action from North Korea were "extremely great", Sir Michael told the BBC's Andrew Marr.

"The only conceivable solution is a peaceful and diplomatic one".

The Defence Secretary said the United Kingdom was working "extremely closely" with the White House to bring about a diplomatic solution to the situation, despite President Trump warning of "fire and fury" if Kim Jong-Un's regime continues to test inter-continental ballistic missiles.

Any resolution passed by the Security Council requires nine votes in favour and no veto by either the United States, Britain, Russia, China or France.

Britain's United Nations ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, backed the tough US measures and the demand for a speedy vote, saying last Thursday that "maximum possible pressure" must be exerted on North Korea to change course and give diplomacy a chance to end the crisis.

"The North Korean regime bears full responsibility for the measures that the UN Security Council has enacted today".

Earlier, North Korea said it would not accept any chastisement over its nuclear and missile program, which it says is vital to stave off the threat of an American invasion.

It warned that if the United States did eventually push through harsher sanctions, North Korea would "absolutely make sure that the U.S. pays due price".

A USA official, familiar with the council negotiations and speaking on condition of anonymity, said North Korea imports some 4.5 million barrels of refined petroleum products annually and 4 million barrels of crude oil.

The new resolution calls on U.N. member nations to inspect ships on the high seas with the nod from the flag country if they are believed to be carrying prohibited cargo.

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