Japan to impose additional sanctions on North Korea

Kim Jong-un's wife Ri Sol Ju is seen for first time in eight months

The drills took place nearly immediately after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program. A total of 58 people will now be banned from reentering Japan after visiting North Korea.

The US-drafted resolution also bans North Korean copper, nickel, silver and zinc exports - and the sale of statues. Perhaps, after today's promises of "game-changing" sanctions give way once more to disappointment with their effects, the cycle will be broken, and a new strategy can be pursued.

Will China enforce United Nations sanctions on North Korea this time?

In this July 27, 2013, file photo, North Korean soldiers look toward their leader Kim Jong Un from a military parade vehicle as they carry packs marked with the nuclear symbol during a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Washington's unstated aim has been to engineer the economic and political collapse of the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang.

The new round of sanctions includes measures against 36 individuals and 35 entities which are suspected to play a pivotal role in "developing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and securing major funds of the North Korean regime".

They've taken to the streets in huge numbers and have pushed their president, Park Geun-hye, the first woman to take the top office, to the brink of resignation after they got sick and exhausted of ongoing reports of widespread corruption. The sanctions limit North Korea to exporting up to 7.5 million metric tons of coal in 2017, or to bringing in $400 million in revenue, whichever figure is reached first.

North Korea has conducted multiple nuclear tests that have caused concern among the worldwide community.

The report stated it is not clear whether the North Korean government is directly involved in drug production, but North Korean officials have in the past been apprehended for drug sales.

Assessing that South Korea's policies toward the North's nuclear program have not been successful, the researcher said the country is not yet ready to counter the communist state's evolving nuclear threats.

The entities newly subject to the standalone sanctions are the Workers Party of Korea, the party's Central Defense Commission, the State Affairs Commission and the country's national flag carrier Air Koryo.

U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials have stressed the need to impose harsher sanctions after the North conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test in September.

"We hold that the resolution should be fully implemented in a balanced way", Geng said.

Recent Chinese customs data show that coal exports from North Korea have returned to normal levels after a brief dip following the March sanctions. America aimed to press China into joining in sanctions against its neighbor. Pyongyang warned of another "brutal baptism of fire" in November. "As it turns out, the Chinese tolerance for North Korea misbehavior is higher than ours and that gap is not sustainable". "And they are to put pressure on China, as it has been reluctant to cooperate".

The South Korean research indicates drugs are making their way into the hands of ordinary North Koreans. He noted that the resolution referred to the need to "avoid creating adverse consequences for North Korean civilian and humanitarian needs", adding that the new measures were "not meant to create negative effects on normal trade". And it's prudent to enforce narrow sanctions targeting the nuclear and missile programs.

South Korea is now also going through a phase of not being happy with their president.

The image, released by the state's official news agency, shows dozens of artillery units lined up along one of Korea's coasts.

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