U.S. allies in Asia welcome United Nations sanctions on N Korea

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While preventing the DPRK from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates, according to some observers the United Nations resolution simply capped crude oil imports at the same level at which they had been over the previous 12 months, while limiting imports of refined petroleum products to 2m barrels per year. "If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it", she told the UN Security Council after the council adopted the new sanctions.

"Alongside the UN-imposed sanctions, worldwide cooperation is also required to curb the North's cyber-hacking which can be used to finance its nuclear and missile programmes", he said.

"The final resolution is not demanding sanctions against North Korea's top leaders, the government and the Workers' Party of Korea, neither is it imposing a complete ban on oil and oil products supplies in North Korea", the ministry said.

The UN wants to push Pyongyang to negotiate on its nuclear weapons programmes and conventional.

Security Council diplomats, who weren't authorized to speak publicly because talks have been private, said the USA and China were still negotiating the text late Sunday.

All parties should "remain cool-headed" in both rhetoric and action and "resume negotiations sooner rather than later", China's Ambassador Liu Jieyi told the Security Council.

"We hope Security Council members on the basis of sufficient consultations reach consensus and project a united voice". The U.N. Security Council will vote on the newly-proposed sanctions Monday evening, which are not heavily "watered down" according to multiple reports.

"I believe the response from the United States and our allies should be supercharged", said Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

A staff member at a Beijing branch of China Construction Bank said they received a notice in May, and North Koreans can no longer conduct transactions. But FireEye points out that hackers can swap them into other, more anonymous cryptocurrencies - or move them elsewhere and eventually withdraw them in traditional currencies like South Korean won or USA dollars.

Textiles were North Korea's second-biggest export after coal and other minerals in 2016, totalling $US752 million, according to data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency. The two leaders spoke by phone last week about how to contain North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

The original US draft would also have frozen the assets of North Korea's state-owned airline Air Koryo, the Korean People's Army and five other powerful military and party entities. Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to agree with that view. -South Korea military drills.

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The agency cited United Nations customs data showing that China reported sending 6,000 barrels a day of oil products to North Korea, which it said is mostly gasoline and diesel fuel vital to the country's agriculture, transportation and military sectors.

While North Korea's export of laborers overseas was thought to be a key inclusion in the latest resolution, this too was was weaker than the original provision, which would have banned the practice outright.

On Aug. 30, Trump said "talking is not the answer" when it comes to dealing with Pyongyang.

"The possibility for Pyongyang to give in to the latest round of punitive bans is tragically low, while chances for even more test-shoots and nuclear blasts are helplessly high", Xinhua said.

USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said her country was not looking for war with North Korea, but the sanctions would "cut deep".

China's official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary that the Trump administration was making a mistake by rejecting diplomatic engagement with North Korea.

He said the North's access to hard currency was its "Achilles heel".

Before the vote, South Korea's envoy to the US said more could still be done.

"We don't worry very much", said another shop worker, Ri Jong Ok.

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