UN Security Council slaps fresh sanctions on defiant North Korea

The North Korea problem

The North Korea problem

North Korea said it successfully conducted its sixth nuclear test on September 3.

The US is willing to risk a veto of its proposal rather than see it watered down, according to a diplomat who asked not to be identified while negotiations are ongoing. "China has made a decision to hurt North Korea, but not bring them down, not really weaken them".

On September 3, the North Korean Army carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test with a hydrogen bomb, which triggered a strong condemnation of the global community and raised tensions in the region. Last year, the North conducted its fifth nuclear test. The report notes that Germany is one of few with diplomatic ties to North Korea's capital Pyongyang.

It said the USA would pay a "due price" if the sanctions proposed by Washington, D.C. are adopted.

It's significant to note that this resolution was unanimously agreed upon. He urged the administration to "dramatically ramp up" US sanctions' designations of entities that deal with North Korea, particularly Chinese banks.

"The adoption of sanction resolution against my country is an extreme manifestation of USA intention to eliminate at any cost the ideology, social system of DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and its people", the ambassador said while addressing other state representatives in Geneva.

The ambassador, Kim Hak-Chol, has five days to leave Peru, the foreign affairs ministry said in a statement.

It also repeated its call for a "peaceful resolution" instead of a military response, adding: "China will never allow the peninsula to descend into war and chaos".

"The DPRK is ready to use any form of ultimate means", Song said.

"The forthcoming measures to be taken by [North Korea] will cause the USA the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history", the foreign ministry said in the statement.

Should they be approved, the measures would be the toughest sanctions ever passed against Pyongyang.

"It was hard to find out how powerful the nuclear test was with the amount of xenon detected, but we can say the xenon was from North Korea", Choi Jongbae, executive commissioner, told a news conference in Seoul.

After its late-August missile launch over US ally Japan, President Donald Trump said "all options are on the table" when it comes to any response.

"Pyongyang falsifies the identity of vessels to make it harder for governments to determine if ships docking in their ports are linked to North Korea", Billingslea said.

The North Korean military may have enough fuel stockpiled to continue normal operations in the meantime. "All options are on the table".

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