Washington Gets Soft On North Korea Ahead Of UN Sanctions Vote

Washington Gets Soft On North Korea Ahead Of UN Sanctions Vote

It test-fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July and carried out its sixth nuclear test, a powerful blast it said was the detonation of thermonuclear device, on September 3.

The North Korean regime has pushed ahead with its nuclear weapons program, despite increasingly tougher sanctions in recent years.

The latest United Nations resolution calls on countries to inspect vessels on the high seas, with the consent of the flag state, if they have reasonable grounds to believe ships are carrying prohibited cargo to North Korea.

There was no word on the outcome of negotiations, and whether any changes sought by the Russians and Chinese were acceptable to the United States.

The resolution bans the regime from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates, and caps Pyongyang's imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months. The resolution also requires those inspections to be done with the consent of the countries where the ships are registered, which opens the door to violations.

Ambassador Han Tae Song also lashed out at the United States during a session of the U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament, saying North Korea denounces Washington's "evil intention" and would "make sure the USA pays a due price".

Traditionally, the United States has discreetly negotiated with China on any North Korea sanctions before expanding talks to the full council once the five veto powers have agreed.

The resolution bans all North Korean textile exports. The weakened language was a nod to Russian Federation, a big user of imported North Korean labor.

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The sanctions are less drastic than what was initially intended by the USA, which also called for a ban on United Nations member countries selling gas, oil and refined petroleum products to North Korea.

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.

China also supplied most of its crude oil to North Korea.

"Their ability to hide financial activity by using foreign nationals and entities allows them to continue to transact through top global financial centres", according to the report.

The new sanctions resolution arguably represents Ms. Haley's biggest diplomatic test.

"They will eat grass but they will not turn away from the path that will provide for their security", he said of North Koreans last week. I don't know if it has any impact, but certainly it was nice to get a 15-to-nothing vote.

Moreover, this resolution also puts an end to the regime making money from the 93,000 North Korean citizens it sends overseas to work and heavily taxes, she noted.

"The proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, as well as their means of delivery, constitutes a threat to worldwide peace and security", the Council said in today's text. Well, The Guardian spoke to Matthew Rycroft, the UN's ambassador for the United Kingdom, to find out. The U.S. needs the support of both of its geopolitical rivals for its current strategy of using economic pressure and diplomacy - and not military options - for getting North Korea to halt its testing of nuclear bombs and the missiles for delivering them.

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