North Korea, US delegates exchange fiery remarks on UN sanctions

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The new draft, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, would ban North Korea from importing natural gas liquids and condensates and cap its import of refined petroleum products and crude oil.

US putting considerable pressure on China, Russia in lead-up to expected September 11 voteThe US government under President Donald Trump has asked the UN Security Council to hold a vote on September 11 on a sanctions resolution against North Korea prepared in response to the North's sixth nuclear test, as originally planned.

But its provisions are a significant climb-down from the toughest-ever sanctions that the Trump administration proposed in the initial draft resolution it circulated last Tuesday, especially on oil, where a complete ban could have crippled North Korea's economy.

"The forthcoming measures by DPRK [the Democratic Republic of Korea] will make the U.S. suffer the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history", Pyongyang's ambassador in Geneva told the UN Conference on Disarmament in the first North Korean reaction to Monday's unanimous vote.

"We will never forget the lesson that those who have evil intentions must be confronted."

It was the ninth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

With fresh United Nations sanctions and bitcoin's skyrocketing value, "the potential windfall from these attacks has risen accordingly", Boland said. The new resolution drops sanctions on the airline and army and would only add the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea and the party's powerful Organization and Guidance Department and its Propaganda and Agitation Department to the sanctions blacklist.

"We don't take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today", said Haley.

"We hope the reaction and measure of the Security Council will be conducive to advancing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, upholding peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and promoting the peaceful settlement of the Korean peninsula issue through dialogue and negotiation", said Geng Shuang.




Any lasting solution to the Korean problem will require greater trust between China and the U.S. and sustained negotiations between all interested parties on long term security for the peninsula.

North Korea detonated a huge H-bomb in an underground test facility in the north of the country last Sunday - and has vowed to launch an attack on the US Pacific island of Guam.

Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from the United Nations in New York City, said that while both China and Russian Federation supported the sanctions resolution, "they made it very clear that they don't believe everything is being done that should be done".

Previous U.N. sanctions resolutions have been negotiated between the United States and China — North Korea's main trading partner and ally — and have taken weeks, and in some cases months, to finalize. The U.S. estimates about 93,000 North Koreans are now working overseas, the official said. The agency estimates North Korea crude imports at about 10,000 barrels a day.

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said it was vital to put pressure on North Korea through additional sactions, including blocking or slowing its fuel supplies.

While the threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea seems to argue for stopping it at all costs, including with a first strike, that option, too, seems just about out of reach under any sensible weighing of pros and cons.

Officials held another celebration Saturday to honor the individuals who contributed to the development of the latest addition to North Korea's growing nuclear arsenal.

China, North Korea's sole ally and main trading partner, had strongly objected to an oil embargo initially sought by the U.S. out of fear that it would bring the North's economy to its knees.

"We are not looking for war", US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council after the vote.

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