US Lawmakers Ask 'What's Next?' After Latest UN North Korea Sanctions

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With the new measures, 90 per cent of the country's exports are now banned.

A South Korean presidential office spokesman said on Tuesday: "North Korea needs to realise that a reckless challenge against worldwide peace will only bring about even stronger sanctions against them".

Still, Trump said, "Those sanctions are nothing compared to ultimately what will have to happen". He did not elaborate.

Lawmakers pressed Billingslea, and Acting Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton for evidence new sanctions would be more effective. They have proposed a freeze-for-freeze that would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the US and South Korea stopping their joint military exercises - but the Trump administration has rejected that.

China also opposed that language, but voted for the watered-down sanctions that passed the 15-member Security Council on Monday.

Peru has ordered North Korea's ambassador to leave the country within five days because of Pyongyang's nuclear tests in defiance of the worldwide community.

The resolution also includes a ban on imports of North Korean textiles and the use of North Korean laborers, blocking the North's main sources of income.

"If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future".

The critiques will be much harsher if North Korea spirals out of control.

The UN report said it was investigating "chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation" between North Korea and Syria.

FireEye's research noted how escalating economic sanctions against North Korea were accompanied by an upsurge in spear phishing campaigns targeting South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges. The ship then docked in Vladivostok, Russia, before finally going to China to presumably unload its cargo. 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.

"The success of the pressure strategy will depend on cooperation from worldwide partners, especially Beijing", said Susan Thornton, America's top diplomat for East Asia. "If they can not, we will not let them use it", the staffer added.

Textiles are one of North Korea's major exports, estimated by Rajiv Biswas of IHS Markit to value US$750 million (RM3.154 billion).

Billingsea described the action as "a very clear warning shot that the Chinese understood".

"We know that China subsidizes North Korea's bad behavior", said Rep. Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey.

Both China, the patron of North Korea, and Russian Federation, one of its main trading partners, sought to put pressure on the USA to agree on not overthrowing the Kim Jong-un regime or to force a reunion of North and South Koreas.

Saying "time is running out", Representative Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said the United States should give Chinese banks and companies "a choice between doing business with North Korea or the United States".

"These people are industrious and decent", says one website for a company which advertises the services of North Korean workers, with smiling group photos of laborers and bosses. He singled out the China Merchants Bank and the Agricultural Bank of China.

"They pay us well", he said, translating words into Russian using the Google Translate app on his locally-bought smartphone.

"He talked about the response of the United States of 'fire and fury, '" said Representative Gerald Connolly, a Virginia Democrat.

However while Mr Trump continues to undermine south Korea, Kim Jong-un continues to "march along at his own pace" in his quest for a working nuclear deterrent.

The State Department's Thornton said Seoul had "come around very nicely" and appeasement not South Korea's policy.

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