UN Security Council imposes harshest sanctions against N Korea

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump

"The threat of an outlaw nuclearized North Korean dictatorship remains". The ban was prompted by the tragic and mysterious death of U.S. college student Otto Warmbier in June who was previously jailed in North Korea. "Very big financial impact!"

"It was a good outcome", U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in characteristically understated fashion as he met with South Korea's top diplomat.

China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi called for a halt to the deployment and for any equipment in place to be dismantled. Pyongyang views the military exercises as rehearsals for an invasion.

"If there is a chance, I would tell him that we must have dialogue and that the North must stop the continuous provocations", South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha told reporters upon arrival in Manila. -South Korean military exercises have been carried out regularly and openly for almost 40 years and "they will continue". Xinhua's opinion piece this week asserts China made "painstaking efforts over many years" to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.

As such, this resolution "sends a clear message" to Pyongyang that the Security Council is united in condemning its violations and demanding the country give up its prohibited nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

It condemns the launches "in the strongest terms" and reiterates previous calls for North Korea to suspend all ballistic missile launches and abandon its nuclear weapons and nuclear program "in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner".

The sanctions set is more than impressive, since now, new measures ban countries from buying North Korean coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and is seafood.

According to a 2016 United Nations report, Sudan has bought ground-to-air missiles from a North Korean front company under sanctions since 2009. It also prohibits countries from increasing the number of North Koreans working overseas and bans new joint ventures with the North as well as any new investment in current joint ventures.

Washington had refused to hold talks with Pyongyang and took action and used language that escalated the tension in the region, he said.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday hailed the sanctions, saying the resolution "clearly shows the global community's intention to raise pressure (on North Korea) to a higher level".

But in a characteristically fiery editorial before the latest sanctions were approved, the North's ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun warned against United States aggression.

Though the economic sanctions have teeth, Washington didn't get everything it wanted.

The ASEAN position is short of the tougher line on North Korea urged by the United States, which wants Southeast Asian countries to downgrade their relations with the already isolated nation.

Neither oil nor new air restrictions are included in the resolution.

Tillerson has no plans to sit down with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho at the event. "The United States is taking and will continue to take prudent defensive measures to protect ourselves and our allies", she said.

But the extent of China's influence on North Korea isn't as sweeping - or straightforward - as it may seem. That means asking countries to "enforce the UN Security Council resolutions" and "to drastically reduce their interactions with Pyongyang".

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