UN Security Council approves new North Korea sanctions

Germany open to Iran-style N. Korea talks Merkel

Germany open to Iran-style N. Korea talks Merkel

In a clear message to North Korean threats to attack the U.S., she said: "We will never forget the lesson that those who have evil intentions must be confronted". It says the make-up of those radioactive isotopes in air samples could shows if a nuclear test was from a plutonium or uranium bomb. On 4 July, North Korea claimed it carried out its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

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. The new measures amounted to "the most stringent U.N. sanctions regime placed on any nation in the 21st century", Johnson said. "If it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future".

Still, North Korea rejected the measure, and Han said Washington "fabricated the most vicious sanction resolution", according to wire reports.

He showed to the hearing satellite images provided by USA intelligence of ships purported to travel between Russian Federation and China with illicit exports of North Korean coal in violation of sanctions.

The UNSC also put a cap on the regime's imports of refined oil products, including gasoline, diesel and fuel oil, at 2 million barrels a year.

In a statement laced with urgent wording, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday emphasized working with global and regional partners, but added, "Third parties will not deter us from taking appropriate defensive measures in the face of the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] growing security challenge".

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'".

The United States and its allies argue that tougher sanctions will pile pressure on the regime of Kim Jong-Un to negotiate an end to its weapons programme but experts are sceptical about whether they will curb Pyongyang's nuclear drive.

Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out using a military strike to take out some of North Korea's nuclear facilities.

North Korea said its September 3 test was of an advanced hydrogen bomb and was its most powerful by far.

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

It also bans joint ventures with North Korean entities, except for non-profit public utility infrastructure projects.

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