Tensions rise as North Korea faces another sanction


The resolution is a watered-down version of what the USA initially proposed, removing the demand to ban all oil imports to the North and to freeze global assets of the government and leader Kim Jong Un, according to the Associated Press.

The heightened rhetoric and diplomatic efforts came as the USA struggled to push through a new U.N. Security Council draft resolution that would impose the toughest-ever sanctions on the North, including a ban on all oil and natural gas exports to the isolated country. It also bans all textile exports and prohibits any country from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers - two key sources of hard currency for the northeast Asian nation.

It bars countries from issuing new work permits to North Korean laborers sent overseas - there are some 93,000, providing Kim's regime with a source of revenue to develop its missile and nuclear programs, according to a U.S. official familiar with the negotiations. Which is, of course, the goal.

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.

Earlier, North Korea said it would not accept any chastisement over its nuclear and missile program, which it says is vital to stave off the threat of an American invasion, and threatened to cause the U.S. "the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history", in an official statement. This is clearly different from the course pursued by South Korea and the U.S. of placing additional pressure on North Korea.

North Korea has warned the United States will pay a "due price" if it succeeds in pushing harsher sanctions through the UN.

Rep. Eliot Engel, the committee's top-ranking Democrat, supported the pressure campaign but strongly criticized President Donald Trump's commentary on the North Korean crisis, which he said was making matters worse.

It also revealed how Russian Federation is developing the capacity to play spoiler to U.S. plans to increase pressure on North Korea.

"North Korea will lose United States dollars 700 million to USD 800 million a year from the textile ban". One thing that remained in both of these drafts is a ban on North Korean textile exports.

The State Department said Joseph Yun, the USA special representative for North Korean policy, was in Moscow on Tuesday for talks with Russian officials.

"These are the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea", she said, adding that the USA remains willing to act alone to stop Kim's nuclear program if necessary.

"My delegation condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the latest illegal and unlawful U.N. Security Council resolution", North Korean Ambassador Han Tae Song told the U.N. -sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, according to Reuters.

And the USA ambassador, Nikki Haley, says the resolution is meant to starve the regime of the money it needs to develop its nuclear and missile programs.

"We are now not reviewing the issue of tactical nuclear weapons", she said Monday during a press conference at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents' Club. This is an area that the Trump administration has been trying to target because North Korea makes a lot of money by sending what's effectively slave labor overseas.



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