UN Security Council imposes tough sanctions on North Korea

UN Security Council imposes tough sanctions on North Korea

But despite the U.S. assessment that these are the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea, some experts said that their impact will only be effective if paired with additional sanctions.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the BBC: "The reckless behaviour of North Korea is a global threat and requires a global response, and that of course also includes NATO".

Speaking to CNN reporters, North Koreans on the street appeared unconcerned about further sanctions and threats of military action from the United States.

The revised text would ban textile exports from North Korea, but it scrapped demands for a full halt to payments of North Korean laborers working overseas.

"If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it", Haley added.

Several diplomats said the United States demand for a speedy council vote was aimed at putting maximum pressure on China and reflected Washington's escalating concern over North Korea's latest nuclear test, which its leaders touted as a hydrogen bomb, and its recent ballistic missile launch over Japan.

"We know the Americans may come back with many more sanctions but in response we Koreans will continue shooting up many more missiles and conducting many more H-bomb tests", North Korean shop assistant Han Myong Sim told CNN's Will Ripley.

According to North Korea, the U.S. "is trying to use Pyongyang's legitimate self-defensive measures as an excuse to strangle and completely suffocate it".

North Korea imports mostly gasoline and diesel fuel from China which are vital to the country's agriculture, transportation and military sectors, according to the EIA. "We also have U.S. sanctions that go beyond the United Nations sanctions". But the Trump administration is demanding a vote in six days.

"The other sectoral restrictions rely on China and Russian Federation implementation, which has been a challenge".

"My sense is they believe that they don't have time for a delicate diplomatic dance", he said in a telephone interview on Friday. "Make no mistake about it, our firmness today is our best antidote to the risk of war, to the risk of confrontation, and our firmness today is our best tool for a political solution tomorrow", he said. "Therefore, we supported and are supporting the sanctions contained in the resolutions aimed at compelling the DPRK to meet the demands of the Security Council".

But he said trying to stop goods and material flowing from China to North Korea without United Nations backing would substitute a US-China confrontation for the current nuclear weapons crisis with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's official name.

The test, which the North said was a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a rocket, came weeks after Pyongyang fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that appeared to bring much of the mainland U.S. into range. Beijing and Moscow have called for a resolution that focuses on a political solution and have proposed a freeze-for-freeze that would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the US and South Korea halting their joint military exercises - an initiative rejected by the Trump administration.

Hydrogen bombs have a far larger yield than traditional weapons, meaning devices can be smaller while providing greater devastation. Experts are not so sure, but as long as Pyongyang claims to have the technology, the working assumption is that it's true.



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