US Said to Water Down North Korea Sanctions Draft Before Vote

The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously approved a new round of sanctions aimed at stifling North Korea's economy, which includes limitations on Pyongyang's petroleum and by-product imports as well as a ban on its textile exports.

The United States watered down a tougher draft of the resolution in order to win the support of China and Russian Federation, reports Reuters.

"I have said before that China agrees that the UN Security Council should make a further response and necessary actions with respect to North Korea's sixth nuclear test", he told reporters.

China supplies most of North Korea's crude oil, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, but it's hard to know exactly how much: China hasn't reported any volumes in its published customs data since 2013. "If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it", she told the Security Council after the council adopted the new sanctions. "The version on the table is strong, it is robust".

Royce emphasised that the legislative and administrative tools of reining in Pyongyang and the UN Security Council's resolutions "need to be implemented aggressively".

North Korea's latest nuclear test probably had a yield of 250 kilotons, a United States monitoring group said today - much higher than official estimates.

"Yet the global community has done the right thing a few hours ago, strengthening the pressure on North Korea while calling at the same time for a peaceful solution of the crisis through a meaningful, credible political dialogue".

"This is a compromise in order to get everybody on board", French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said of the draft.

"In case the US eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful "resolution" on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the USA pays a due price", its state-run Korean Central News Agency said, citing a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that used its formal country name.

The sanctions reduce the amount of oil that can be sold to North Korea by 30 percent and put in place a full ban on textiles, which cuts off $800 million in revenue for the reclusive country.

South Korea said Wednesday it had conducted its first live-fire drill for an advanced air-launched cruise missile that would strengthen its pre-emptive strike capability against North Korea in the event of crisis. A ban on oil exports to North Korea was dropped from Monday's United Nations resolution. It said the US would pay a "due price" if the sanctions proposed by Washington, D.C. are adopted.

It was "another illegal and evil "resolution on sanctions" piloted by the US", it said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

"This poses a threat to the security of regional countries such as China and Russia", Chinese state media said.

North Korea is subject to United Nations sanctions that freeze any assets it holds offshore and forbid members from providing financial services, financial support or allowing banks to do business with the oppressive, nukes-and-missiles-capable hermit kingdom. It flew a powerful new midrange missile over northern Japan last month while declaring more missile tests targeting the Pacific Ocean.



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