Peru says expelling North Korean ambassador over nuclear programme

Kim Jong-un nuclear celebration

Kim Jong-un nuclear celebration

"We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing" and now are instead taking steps to prevent it "from doing the wrong thing".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called the nuclear risk in North Korea the most unsafe crisis in the world today, told reporters Tuesday that "the unity of the Security Council is absolutely crucial".

It bars countries from issuing new work permits to North Korean labourers sent overseas - there are some 93,000, providing Kim's regime with a source of revenue to develop its missile and nuclear programmes, according to a U.S. official familiar with the negotiations. Aggravating the matter was the North Korean government's own pronouncement that their missiles were capable of reaching USA shores. "Today's resolution would not have happened without the strong relationship that has developed between President [Donald] Trump and Chinese President Xi [Jinping]".

Though the resolution was backed unanimously, the final document was a watered-down version of the original U.S. proposal following pressure from China and Russian Federation.

United Nations experts on Saturday said North Korea had illegally exported coal, iron and other commodities worth almost $270 million to countries like China, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka this year.

China also backed Monday's United Nations resolution, which bans textile exports and restricts shipments of oil products, though it did so only after Washington toned down its original proposal to secure the backing of Beijing and Moscow.

Britain on Thursday backed the measures, saying the sanctions resolution was "a proportionate response to North Korea's illegal and reckless behavior".

A U.S. official, familiar with the council negotiations and speaking on condition of anonymity, said North Korea imports some 4.5 million barrels of refined petroleum products annually and four million barrels of crude oil. It still proposes a ban on textile exports.

There are a few things that made it through the negotiating process - for instance, a ban on textile exports from North Korea, for instance.

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 program.

Tension on the Korean peninsula has escalated as the North has stepped up the development of weapons, testing a string of missiles this year, including one flying over Japan, and conducting its sixth nuclear test on Sunday.

Crude oil supplies would be capped at their current level.

China's big four state-owned banks have also stopped providing financial services to new clients from North Korea, according to branch staff. The new draft drops sanctions on the airline and army and would only add the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, the party's powerful Organization and Guidance Department and its Propaganda and Agitation Department to the sanctions blacklist.

President Donald Trump has responded to the moves with condemnation and in August threatened "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea should the rogue nation continue to threaten the United States. It said the United States would pay a "due price" for a harsher sanctions resolution.

"If China doesn't follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the USA and worldwide dollar system, and that's quite meaningful", he told a conference in NY, broadcast on CNBC.

Pressure builds on North following latest nuclear test after UN Security Council unanimously backs new measures.

"We work closely with our allies but it is always inappropriate to discuss the locations of our nuclear arsenal, or the topics of closed-door discussions", spokesman Col. Rob Manning said.

North Korea claimed that it had manufactured a hydrogen bomb that could be attached to a nuclear warhead.

China has long anxious that a total oil cutoff would lead to North Korea's collapse.

The Security Council will vote on a resolution put forward by the U.S. on Monday following the secretive state's sixth nuclear test earlier this month.

It retains language on the council's "determination to take further significant measures" in the event of a new nuclear test or ballistic missile launch.

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