"They give us a much better chance to halt the regime's ability to fuel and finance its nuclear and missile programs, but we all know these steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively".
Nikki Haley, left, USA ambassador to the United Nations, and Liu Jieyi, right, China's ambassador to the United Nations, vote in favor of a Security Council resolution to impose fresh sanctions on North Korea over its latest nuclear test at the UN headquarters in NY on Monday.
North Korea, for its part, has threatened to inflict "the greatest pain and suffering" if tougher sanctions are imposed.
"These are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea", Haley said.
"The DPRK's ongoing nuclear- and ballistic missile-related activities have destabilized the region and beyond", according to the draft, using initials of North Korea's formal name.
The nuclear test came weeks after Pyongyang launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles that seemed to make U.S. territory accessible to Korean missiles.
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.
Britain's United Nations ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, backed the tough US measures and demand for a speedy vote, saying Thursday that "maximum possible pressure" must be exerted on North Korea to change course and give diplomacy a chance to end the crisis. "Taking this into account, China could agree to cap crude oil exports", another source said. "It wants to send a message to Kim Jong Un that his nuclear program is unacceptable and to punish bad behavior, but it does not want to trigger North Korea's collapse or turn its neighbor into a permanent enemy".
China and Russian Federation appear prepared to agree to new sanctions on North Korea.
Beijing and Moscow have urged the United States to suspend its joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for a North Korea nuclear freeze, but the US representative to the U.N. dismissed the proposal as insulting.Читайте также: Canelo vs GGG: Gennady Golovkin skips birth of second child to train
Nor does the resolution impose a travel ban or asset freeze on the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, as the original USA draft had set out.
Following the vote, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley portrayed North Korea as increasingly isolated.
But Kang added both the US and South Korea believed in following a policy of "responding firmly (to) provocations through tough sanctions while leaving the door open for dialogue".
Officials held another celebration Saturday to honor the individuals who contributed to the development of the latest addition to North Korea's growing nuclear arsenal.
The U.S. has called for sanctions that would virtually end all trade with North Korea and freeze all assets controlled by the regime. "The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return".
It also adds language underscoring the Security Council's commitment to North Korea's sovereignty and territorial integrity, to "a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation", and "its concern that developments on the Korean Peninsula could have unsafe, large-scale regional security implications".
Mnuchin told a conference broadcast on CNBC that China agreed to "historic" sanctions on North Korea on Monday in a UN Security Council vote.
On Friday, the USA mission to the UN announced that Washington would call a UN Security Council meeting on Monday to vote on a new draft resolution, set to tighten sanctions on North Korea.
Known for being the last stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok sits in the furthest reaches of Russia's far east, on a spit of land which hooks around China down to the Korean Peninsula.
The final draft of the resolution also contains language regarding oil exports to North Korea. The proposal says the Security Council is committed to restarting six-party talks aimed at negotiating a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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