New sanctions fall short of total embargo on oil

North Korean woman works at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang textile factory in Pyongyang North Korea. This is the country's largest textile factory. North Korea will be feeling the pain of new United Nations

The new measures banned textile exports and capped fuel imports.

Washington has said military action remains an option in dealing with Pyongyang and threatened to cut economic ties with countries that continue to trade with it.

The resolution was only passed unanimously after North Korea's allies Russian Federation and China agreed to softer sanctions than those proposed by the US.

In an official statement it threatened to cause the United States "the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history". The Post reports a "web of shell companies" engaged in contraband trade with the North Korean regime. "We reiterate that the only way for North Korea to escape diplomatic isolation and economic pressure is to come to table for dialogue toward complete, irreversible, and verifiable denuclearization", Park stressed.

During tough negotiations, the United States dropped initial demands for a full oil embargo and a freeze on the foreign assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously approved new sanctions against North Korea in a weakened resolution that won't ban oil imports or an worldwide asset freeze on the government or dictator Kim Jong Un, which the Trump administration had wanted.

"Today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea", Haley said. It also bans the sale of condensates and natural gas liquids to the North.

"New Zealand, once again, joins the worldwide community in calling on North Korea to abide by its global obligations and turn away from its current course".

2 June 2017: United Nations imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on four entities and 14 officials, including the head of North Korea's overseas spying operations.

The North claimed to have carried out a hydrogen bomb test.

6 August: UN banned North Korean exports of coal, ore and other raw materials and limited investments in the country, costing Pyongyang an estimated $1bn - about a third of its export economy.

It was the eighth series of sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006.

Frustrated US lawmakers called at a House hearing on Tuesday for a "supercharged" response to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests and said Washington should act alone if necessary to stiffen sanctions on China firms and any country doing business with Pyongyang.

The NSCC also said the xenon traces detected had no impact on South Korea's environment and population.

Both Russia and China reiterated their proposal that the US and South Korea freeze all military drills - which anger North Korea - and asked for a halt in the deployment of the controversial anti-missile system Thaad, in exchange for Pyongyang's cessation of its weapons programmes.

Beijing believes Thaad, which employs a powerful radar, is a security threat to China and neighbouring countries.

The US has called the proposal insulting.



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