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Textile exports became a key negotiating chip in the nuclear showdown between North Korea and the US and United Nations in the latest sanctions against the Kim Jong-un regime.

It also bans all textile exports and prohibits all countries from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers - two key sources of hard currency.

Russian Federation has said sanctions aren't working and President Vladimir Putin expressed concern that a total oil cutoff could hurt the North Korean people.

The revised text would ban textile exports from North Korea, but it scrapped demands for a full halt to payments of North Korean laborers working overseas.

In addition, the Council banned textile imports, including fabrics and partially completed apparel, beginning 90 days from the adoption of the resolution.

If North Korea continues its risky path, we will continue with further pressure.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States was "not looking for war" and if North Korea agreed to stop its nuclear program, it could "reclaim its future".

Among other concessions, the new text also removes authorization to use force to inspect ships suspected of carrying North Korean cargo and drops a proposed assets freeze on the state-owned Air Koryo airline.

"The US needs to switch from isolation to communication in order to end an "endless loop" on the Korean peninsula, where "nuclear and missile tests trigger tougher sanctions and tougher sanctions invite further tests", it said".

Several diplomats said the USA demand for a speedy council vote was aimed at putting maximum pressure on China and reflected Washington's escalating concern over North Korea's latest nuclear test, which its leaders touted as a hydrogen bomb, and its recent ballistic missile launch over Japan.

Getting China to put pressure on North Korea has been central to the Trump administration's plans to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program.

An initial draft of the United Nations sanctions called for a ban on all oil and natural gas exports to North Korea, as well as a freeze on all foreign financial assets of the government and Kim Jong Un. While exact figures are unknown, North Korea is believed to import around 1 million tons of crude oil from China and roughly 400,000 tons from Russian Federation annually. "And it will also affect some Chinese and foreign companies in Shanghai as well as border cities since they offer materials to North Korean companies for processing", Jin Qiangyi, director of Yanbian University's Asia Research Centre was quoted by the report.

North Korea Tuesday categorically rejected the new measures, with United Nations ambassador Han Tae-Song saying in Geneva that the U.S. had "fabricated the most vicious sanction resolution" and warning of retaliation.

The new sanctions follow North Korea's most powerful nuclear test to date which the country had carried out on September 3.

The new set of sanctions, the ninth such measure against the regime since 2006, imposes a cap of half a million barrels on the export of refined petroleum products to North Korea for the three months starting October 1, apart from a 2-million barrel cap for the year starting January 1, 2018.

Haley said these are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea.

"If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure", said Haley, who credited a "strong relationship" between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping for the resolution.

He also opposed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THADD) anti-missile system by the United States in South Korea asserting that it undermined the security of China and other countries in the region. He focused in particular on how it masks exports of coal that were banned in August after the North tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles.



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