Will New North Korea Sanctions Make a Difference?

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After UN Security Council passed a resolution approving tougher sanctions on North Korea, the rogue state directed its anger towards the United States and said that it would cause the "greatest pain" to the United States.

"While the United Nations resolution on North Korea adopted in August, simplified some of the previously complex aspects of the sanctions regime, this one restores and expands those complexities", Andrea Berger, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, told NK News.

"We are not looking for war", she said.

Additionally, the new measures will prevent overseas workers from earning wages that finance the North Korean regime - over $500 million each year - in addition to cutting off foreign investments, technology transfers and other economic cooperation, according to a statement from the U.S. mission to the UN.

"If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it", Haley added.

It was the eighth series of sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006. "The choice is theirs".

The United States had sought much stronger sanctions, including a complete oil embargo, an asset freeze on leader Kim Jong Un, and authorization to use military force if necessary to interdict ships suspected of smuggling banned items.

UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to step up sanctions on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned and fuel supplies capped, prompting traditionally defiant threat of retaliation against the U.S.

It also bans all textile exports and prohibits all countries from authorising new work permits for North Korean workers - two key sources of hard currency.

KELEMEN: Well, past administrations would have taken time to really negotiate a sanctions resolution ahead of time, but this administration seemed really intent on moving quickly.

The original package of measures has been softened since the initial proposal.

Joint ventures will be banned and the names of senior North Korean official and three entities were added to a United Nations sanctions blacklist that provides for an assets freeze and a global travel ban.

A South Korean government spokesman said: "North Korea needs to realise that a reckless challenge against worldwide peace will only bring about even stronger global sanctions against it".

"If South Korea, Japan, or both could have the USA deploy tactical nuclear weapons, that'll put pressure on Kim to come to dialogue", Lee said.

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

Nebenzia also said it was a "big mistake" to ignore the Russian-Chinese initiative to restart dialogue with Pyongyang.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi again called for talks "sooner rather than later".

South Korea's Amb. Cho Tae-Yul called for tough and biting sanctions including an oil embargo.

Chinese gasoline exports to the North fell sharply - to just 120 tons in July, compared to 8,262 tons in June - following a decision by China's state-owned oil company, China National Petroleum Corporation, to cut sales due to concerns that North Korea is too high a credit risk.

"The North Koreans have a long history of being proliferators and sharing their knowledge, their technology, their capacities around the world", CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Monday, according to Business Insider.

Beijing and Moscow have recently called for a freeze-for-freeze agreement with North Korea, which would see the US and South Korea halt military drills on the Korean Peninsula in exchange for Pyongyang stopping its nuclear and ballistic missile programme.

North Korea Tuesday condemned "vicious" new United Nations sanctions imposed over its sixth and largest nuclear test, warning it would make the USA "suffer the greatest pain" it has ever experienced.



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