After US Compromise, Security Council Strengthens North Korea Sanctions

German chancellor has suggested a diplomatic solution to the North Korean stand-off

German chancellor has suggested a diplomatic solution to the North Korean stand-off

The US-drafted resolution appears to have been weakened in a bid to appease North Korea's ally China and Russian Federation following negotiations during the past few days.

Moscow and Beijing are two of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council that have shown reluctance to support the tough measures suggested by the USA against North Korea.

"No matter how the USA and its puppets kick up a ruckus, our republic, which has a strong military and the most powerful juche bombs and weapons, and whose territory has all turned into fortresses, and all its people armed to the teeth, will remain an eternal iron-clad citadel", it said.

In order to pass, a resolution needs nine of the 15 Security Council members to vote in favour and no vetoes by any of the five permanent members - the US, Britain, France, Russia and China. They were undeniably tough, but not crippling for Pyongyang.

Since 2006, the Security Council has unanimously adopted eight resolutions ratcheting up sanctions on North Korea over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

The American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, yesterday suggested the United States was not looking for war and North Korea could "reclaim its future" by abandoning its nuclear program.

China has expressed a similar sentiment and has been reluctant to go fully onboard with the USA -proposed sanctions resolutions against its major economic partner.

China supplies most of North Korea's crude.

"North Korea is very sophisticated in concealing the fact that it is, indeed, doing business overseas".

Mr. Oba told us that he expects the rogue state to show "a provocative, but calculated response created to show domestic and worldwide audiences it is not deterred by the latest round of sanctions".

Sun Xingjie, a Korean affairs expert at Jilin University, said the interests of China and Russian Federation were different, with Beijing showing more serious concerns about nuclear weapons than Moscow.

But all these measures fall well short of what the U.S. was seeking to include in the original package.

It's unclear what concrete impact the sanctions will have on fuel supplies to North Korea given that accurate figures are hard to determine.

United Nations member states had interdicted shipments destined for Syria believed to be from the North's state-owned arms dealer, the Korea Mining and Development Trading Corporation (KOMID), it said.

The resolution did not include a travel ban and asset freeze on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as originally proposed by Washington.

It also froze the assets of three government agencies, including a military one.

North Korean hackers have been accused of the largest cyber heists the world has ever seen - and, as sanctions on the secretive state start to bite, Pyonyang's premiere hacking group has started stealing Bitcoin, too.

DPRK is short for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Although only 37 percent overall fear an imminent outbreak of war, the rate is 42 percent among those in their 20s, who have tended to be the most friendly to North Korea.

Many worked on road building and other development projects, but Ms Berger said North Korea also ran a military communications company called Glocom out of Malaysia.

"We are not looking for war", US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Council after the vote.

Evidence suggests that a North Korean government bureau has been conducting illicit economic activity for quite some time.

"The North Korean regime is still getting some fuel supplies from China, which can keep its most essential operations functioning", he said. But it has a very real interest in regional stability and keeping United States presence in the area as limited as possible.

President Donald Trump has regularly called on China to stop North Korea's nuclear advancement, even saying in July it could "easily" end the crisis. At the same time, they don't want Kim provoking the U.S. into any action that could destabilize the region.

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