UN Security Council imposes more sanctions on North Korea

UN Security Council imposes more sanctions on North Korea

Though the United States had proposed a complete ban, the sanctions by the U.N. Security Council to punish North Korea for its sixth nuclear test cap Pyongyang's annual imports of crude oil at the same level they have been for the past 12 months: an estimated 4 million barrels.

The European Union is seeking to ramp up pressure on North Korea by imposing fresh sanctions of its own on the heels of the newly adopted UN Security Council resolution 2375.

"We think it's just another very small step - not a big deal", Trump said as he met with Malaysia's prime minister at the White House.

Trump said it was "nice" to get a 15-0 vote at the United Nations.

The U.N. Security Council adopted a new sanctions resolution against the North earlier in the day that includes heavy restrictions on hiring of North Korean workers overseas.

Sustaining a tough tone in the face of North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons tests, Trump indicated that he would continue to press for sanctions created to make the regime recalculate its strategy.

The latest resolution caps North Korea's imports of refined and crude oil at 8.5 million barrels a year, which represents a 30 percent cut, according to Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations.

"We don't threaten China, even a little bit, with country sanctions because that would be hard, politically", to do, said Rep. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat. It might take tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea - something President Moon Jae In has opposed - to bring Mr Kim to the negotiating table earlier, according to Ms Lee Ho Ryung, chief of North Korean studies at the Korea Institute for Defence Analyses.

He also called it an illegal resolution.

Joseph DeThomas, a former State Department official who worked on Iran and North Korea sanctions, questioned whether the new steps would have a major impact.

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The latest sanctions look to stop the country from receiving income for its missile program.

North Korean ambassador to the UN Han Tae Song on Tuesday strongly condemned the passage by the UNSC of new sanctions against the country, speaking at the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva in Switzerland.

That would mean halting massive joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises on North Korea's doorstep if the North halts its nuclear program.

North Korea rejected the measure.

"Since May 2017, we have observed North Korean actors target at least three South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges with the suspected intent of stealing funds", Luke McNamara, a senior cyber threat intelligence analyst at FireEye, wrote in a blog post published Monday.

The weakening of the sanctions reflects the longstanding rift between sanctions hawk Washington, and China and Russian Federation, which advocate direct talks and more efforts to find a resolution through negotiations.

"We don't worry very much", said another shop worker, Ri Jong Ok. "We need to use every ounce of leverage ... to put maximum pressure on this rogue regime", the Republican congressman told a hearing on North Korea. The sanctions not only restrict oil imports but also ban textile exports. "That is not acceptable", she said.

China's United Nations ambassador urged the council to adopt the freeze-for-freeze proposal and urged the U.S.to pledge not to seek regime change or North Korea's collapse.

"Our military, together with our allies, remains prepared to respond immediately and resolutely to any attack or threat of attack", Thornton said.

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