UN Security Council adopts tough new sanctions against North Korea

The UN Security Council has unanimously voted to impose a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea following its sixth and largest nuclear test.

With support from China and Russia, the council voted 15-0 on Monday to back the US-drafted ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to North Korea.  The resolution also prohibits North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates.

The resolution limits North Korea’s imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months, and it limits the import of refined petroleum products to 2 million barrels a year. It also prohibits all the countries from authorizing new visas for North Korean overseas workers. these measures are appraised to cut off $ 500m of tax revenue per year.

The initial US proposal included an assets freeze and travel ban on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un but was dropped to come to terms with China and Russia.

After the vote, The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the US is not looking for war with North Korea and Pyongyang has “not passed the point of no return”. “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,” she told the UN Security Council.

 

Sources: Al Jazeera, BBC

Kim Jong Un “begging for war” says US Ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley

United States Ambassador to United Nations, Nikki Haley said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was “begging for war” during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday.
Haley began her remarks by urging the council to adopt strongest possible measures to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Citing the history of UN incremental approach against North Korea, Haley said that the security council’s response has not been able to stop Korea’s nuclear progress.
On Sunday, North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test since 2006, which was claimed as a hydrogen bomb by Kim Jong Un’s government.
After the latest test, United States President Donald Trump tweeted saying that the United States is considering ” stopping all trade” with any countries doing trade with North Korea which includes China, the largest trading partner of America. Haley in the emergency meeting also indirectly called out China for its business with North Korea.
During the emergency meeting, Liu Jeiyi, China’s representative to the UN stressed on the crisis to be peacefully solved and also made it clear that China will not support any war and chaos on Peninsula.
Recently, United states President Donald Trump has said that “talking is not answer” and supporting Trump’s statement, Defence Secretary James Mattis has warned of a massive military response to any threat from North Korea against the United states.

Links-

  1. CNN- http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/04/politics/haley-north-korea-united-nations/index.html

2. ITV- http://www.itv.com/news/2017-09-04/kim-jong-un-begging-for-war-us-tells-un-security-council/