North Korea says Peru throwing 'gas on the fire' of nuclear spat

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China Russia North Korea Kim Jong-un Chinese expert US

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the latest United Nations sanctions on North Korea were only a very small step and nothing compared to what would have to happen to deal with the country's nuclear programme.

The 15-member council based in NY approved Resolution 2375, which imposes a cap on the supply, sales or transfer of crude oil to North Korea to the level of the past 12 months, some 4 million barrels, and limits exports of refined petroleum products to the country to 2 million barrels a year.

In a decision backed by China and Russian Federation, the UNSC has put a ban on textile exports and has also restricted the shipment of oil products.

On Monday, the UN Security Council unanimously voted to step up sanctions on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned and fuel supplies capped.

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi said Beijing hopes the United States would not seek regime change for North Korea or measures that would ensure the regime's collapse.

The Security Council stopped short of imposing a total oil import ban, freezing the assets of leader Kim Jong Un or slapping him with a travel ban, as the Trump administration initially wanted.

Washington and its allies have said there is a growing urgency for China, North Korea's top ally and trading partner, to apply more pressure on its already isolated neighbor to get it to back down on its nuclear weapons and missiles programs.

The new measures will target the country's textile exports and also seek to cap the number of North Koreans who work overseas and repatriate money at the current level of 100,000.

Joint ventures will be banned and the names of senior North Korean official and three entities were added to a United Nations sanctions blacklist that provides for an assets freeze and a global travel ban.

The area bordering North Korea and China is, he said, populated by ethnic Korean Chinese, and the last thing the Chinese want is "instability which may fester into kind of a second Tibet situation, where the ethnic minority groups begin to say, 'We don't want to be part of China any more'".

"Today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea", Haley said.

It was the eighth series of sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006.

Mr Trump welcomed the fact that the measures had been agreed unanimously by all 15 members of the council but said they were "nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen".

Haley said the resolution aimed to hit "North Korea's ability to fuel and fund its weapons programme".

It came in response to Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test on September 3, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb.

The NSCC also said the xenon traces detected had no impact on South Korea's environment and population.

China's United Nations ambassador, Liu Jieyi, called for a resumption of negotiations "sooner rather than later".

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