USA formally requests UNSC vote on N Korea sanctions

Reuters

The unanimously passed resolution will impose the latest in a string of sanctions.

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

To pass, the resolution would need nine votes in the council and no vetoes from any of the five permanent members - the United States, Britain, France, Russia or China.

President Trump warned North Korea on Tuesday that the sanctions imposed a day earlier on the regime by the U.N. Security Council are "nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen".

She said they included nonproliferation and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

A man watches a TV news program on a public screen showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un while reporting North Korea's possible nuclear test in Tokyo Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

They include a ban on the rogue country's textile exports and a cap on how much crude oil it can import rather than the full ban the USA and South Korea had been seeking.

Whatever final text was adopted, she hoped it would "have significant consequences in terms of greater economic pressure on North Korea".

"During work on the resolution, conceived by its co-authors as an instrument to strangle North Korea's citizens, we managed to remove the absolutley unacceptable points, for example, the demand for the deportation of labor migrants".

Pyongyang on Monday warned the U.S. it would pay a "due price" for spearheading efforts for new United Nations sanctions.

Branch offices of at least three major state banks - Bank of China, China Construction Bank, and Agricultural Bank of China - in the north-eastern border city of Yanji have banned North Koreans from opening accounts, Tokyo-based Kyodo News reported, citing sources familiar with the situation.

The International community condemned North Korea for testing the hydrogen bomb on August 27, marking the sixth time the isolated state has tested a nuclear weapon.

Customers from North Korea, however, can still withdraw money from their existing accounts, as the banks have not frozen them, said Kyodo News.

The new sanctions against North Korea include a ban on the country's textile exports and a cap on imports of crude oil.

In August, the Security Council unanimously approved a resolution to impose sanctions meant to cut annual North Korean export income by a third, or $1 billion.

"We have frozen their accounts, which means they can not withdraw (money)", a staff member at a Yanji branch of China Construction Bank told AFP.

But the Russian leader said he is reluctant to back more sanctions, saying they harm the North Korean people.

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