N Korea threatens United States over new sanctions

North Korea France north korea nuclear nuclear criticism france Ri Tok-Son

US calls for UNSC meet over North Korea draft resolution

Yesterday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that if China does not follow the United Nations sanctions on North Korea, he will seek new sanctions on Beijing, Reuters reported.


The resolution imposes a ban on condensates and natural gas liquids, a cap of two million barrels a year on refined petroleum products, and a cap on crude oil exports to North Korea at current levels. "And today the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves".

During negotiations on Sunday, the USA conjured up a new draft of the sanctions resolution as the initial draft imposed a complete oil embargo and a partial naval blockade, to rally China and Russian Federation into supporting the cause.

President Donald Trump dismissed the latest United Nations sanctions on North Korea as insignificant. "Not a big deal".

The North Korea sanctions as imposed by the United States government were originally going to be much tougher on the country before they watered it down to get China's approval. "We are not looking for war", US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council after the vote.

"The president has used at times very hot rhetoric and has also said things that are directly in contradiction with what other members of his administration have said", said Rosenberger, now a senior fellow and director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund.

The State Department said Joseph Yun, the US special representative for North Korean policy, was in Moscow on Tuesday for talks with Russian officials.

Royce said Washington did not need Beijing's cooperation to increase pressure on North Korea.

The State Department's Thornton said Seoul had "come around very nicely" and appeasement not South Korea's policy.

"Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea, and today the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves", U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said following the vote on Monday. Then came his tweet on August 11 in which he said, "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

"Compared with the original draft proposed by the USA, the resolution was toned down, for instance by reducing oil supplies to the North by 30 percent rather than a total suspension and by excluding the North Korean leader from the sanctions", Lee said during a Cabinet meeting.

It also bans joint ventures with North Korean entities, except for nonprofit public utility infrastructure projects, and prohibits countries from bringing in new North Korean workers.

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.

The UNSC unanimously adopted new sanctions on Monday in the wake of North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3.

About 90 percent of North Korean trade goes through China, and China is North Korea's main source of fuel.

But it has been over the most recent few months that the divine between the USA and allies in South Korea have really started to grow.

Form for signing up for free newsletter.

Latest News