Trump says North Korea sanctions just the beginning

Trump says North Korea sanctions just the beginning

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea in a watered-down resolution without an oil import ban or worldwide asset freeze on the government and leader Kim Jong Un that the Trump administration wanted. Earlier this month, North Korea conducted a nuclear test, and it is reportedly getting ready for more missile tests.

Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, told the Security Council on Monday that Moscow supported the resolution because "leaving nuclear tests without a firm reaction would be wrong".

Haley noted that the council was meeting on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

MCEVERS: Was it surprising that the US backed off in this way? "We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing" and instead are taking steps to prevent it "from doing the wrong thing".

"The bilateral and diplomatic measure taken yesterday by the Peruvian government lacks judicial and moral reasoning and doesn't further world peace and security at all", Kim said, reading from a statement at a news conference in Lima. One thing that remained in both of these drafts is a ban on North Korean textile exports.

"They give us a much better chance to halt the regime's ability to fuel and finance its nuclear and missile programs". He added that "it is important to put an unprecedented level of pressure on North Korea to make it change its policies".

A tougher initial US draft was weakened to win the support of China, Pyongyang's main ally and trading partner, and Russian Federation, both of which hold veto power in the council.

KELEMEN: Well, you know, President Trump has said this is not the time for negotiations. What does this resolution do, and does it have the teeth that the Trump administration wanted it to have?

Both Russia and China reiterated their proposal that the US and South Korea freeze all military drills - which anger North Korea - and asked for a halt in the deployment of the controversial anti-missile system Thaad, in exchange for Pyongyang's cessation of its weapons programmes. That's one area where the North Koreans have managed to earn some hard currency.

MCEVERS: Though she calls the resolution the toughest to date, the sanctions are not as stringent as the Trump administration had initially proposed.

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The US official said the ban on textile exports would deprive North Korea of some US$726 million in annual revenue. The U.S. estimates about 93,000 North Koreans are working overseas, the U.S. official said.

A proposed asset freeze and a travel ban on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un were dropped.

The original US draft would also have frozen the assets of North Korea's state-owned airline Air Koryo, the Korean People's Army and five other powerful military and party entities.

"The DPRK (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means" and the USA would pay a heavy price if new sanctions proposed by Washington are adopted, North Korea's foreign ministry said, using the country's official name. "We are not looking for war", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council after the vote.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre said, "We are facing not a regional but a global threat, not a virtual but an immediate threat, not a serious but an existential threat". I mean US officials say at least the resolution gives them some new tools to crack down on smuggling - again, not as stringent as originally proposed. South Korea has detected moves that indicate it may soon launch another intercontinental ballistic missile.

Kim will leave Peru as requested and two diplomats will remain in charge of the embassy, an embassy representative said.

What happened next? On 3 September, North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb that could be miniaturised and loaded on a long-range missile.

Briefing Congress, treasury assistant secretary for terrorist financing Marshall Billingslea displayed satellite photos to demonstrate North Korea's deceptive shipping practices.

"We're convinced that diverting the gathering menace from the Korean Peninsula could be done not through further and further sanctions, but by political means", he said.

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