United Nations imposes new sanctions on North Korea, Pyongyang warns U.S. of consequences

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"But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen", he said.

At the UN Security Council, the USA is pushing new sanctions such as an oil embargo, textile export ban and freeze on leader Kim Jong Un's assets.

The 15-member Security Council passed the resolution unanimously Monday following a week of talks that began when Kim Jong Un's regime tested its most powerful nuclear bomb. However, the new resolution has set a cap on crude oil exports to North Korea at current levels.

To win the support of Russian Federation and China, which had been reluctant to impose new sanctions, UN diplomats told news agencies that the United States watered down its previous proposal for a full oil embargo, eliminated a proposed asset freeze on leader Kim Jong Un, and included language calling for a "peaceful, diplomatic, and political" resolution of the standoff on the Korean Peninsula.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said the only way for Pyongyang to end diplomatic isolation and free itself of economic pressure was to end its nuclear programme and resume dialogue.

The US has circulated a draft resolution that would, aside from barring crude oil shipments to North Korea, ban the nation's exports of textiles and prohibit employment of its guest workers by other countries, according to a diplomat at the world body.

"I am concerned cutting off the oil supply to North Korea may cause damage to people in hospitals or other ordinary citizens", he told South Korea's Yonhap news agency on September 6.

"We must stop its march towards a nuclear arsenal with the ability to deliver it anywhere in the world", she said of North Korea.

A defiant North Korea condemned Tuesday the latest round of UN sanctions against the country and warned the United States of "forthcoming measures" by the hands of the secretive state.

Earlier this month North Korea launched its biggest nuclear bomb test, prompting global condemnation as U.S. President Donald Trump said "appeasement" would not work.

Pyongyang meanwhile appeared to draw a different lesson from the Security Council vote.

North Korea warns Washington will pay the price for any fresh sanctions passed on Pyongyang at United Nations meeting on Monday.

In another key measure, the USA draft identified nine ships that have carried out activities prohibited by previous United Nations sanctions resolutions. "If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure", she said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Tuesday morning that the points laid out in the dual track approach are practical methods to solve the Korean crisis.

The Washington-drafted sanctions reportedly include a proposal to freeze leader Kim Jong Un's assets and to place a ban on all oil and natural gas exports to the country.



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