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UNSC imposes tough sanctions on North Korea

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United Nations, Sep. 12 (PTI): The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a US-drafted resolution that imposes strongest sanctions ever on North Korea, including restricting its oil imports and banning textile exports, to curb the reclusive nation’s nuclear programme.
The move comes in response to the sixth and largest nuclear test by North Korea on September 3.
“Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea. And today, the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear programme, we will act to stop it ourselves,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said as the 15-member UN body yesterday passed the resolution on North Korea.
“We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing. We are now acting to stop it from having the ability to continue doing the wrong thing,” the Indian-origin diplomat said.
She said the international community was doing that by hitting North Korea’s ability to fund its weapons programme.
The US had originally proposed harsher sanctions, including a total ban on oil imports by North Korea. But the vote was passed only after Pyongyang allies Russia and China agreed to the reduced measures.
Noting that oil “is the lifeblood” of North Korea’s effort to build and deliver a nuclear weapon, Haley said the resolution reduces almost 30 per cent of oil provided to the North by cutting off over 55 per cent of its gas, diesel, and heavy fuel oil.
“Today’s resolution completely bans natural gas and other oil byproducts that could be used as substitutes for the reduced petroleum. This will cut deep,” she said.
Haley said these are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea.
“They give us a much better chance to halt the regime’s ability to fuel and finance its nuclear and missile programmes. But we all know these steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively,” she said.
When these new stronger sanctions are added to those passed last month, over 90 per cent of North Korea’s publicly reported exports are now fully banned.
Moreover, this resolution also puts an end to the regime making money from the 93,000 North Korean citizens it sends overseas to work and heavily taxes, she noted.
This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional USD 500 million or more in annual revenues, she added.
“Beyond the USD 1.3 billion in annual revenues we will cut from North Korea, new maritime authorities will help us stop them from obtaining funds by smuggling coal and other prohibited materials around the world by ship,” Haley said.
The resolution bans all North Korean textile exports.
Textile exports North Korea’s largest economic sector that the Security Council had not previously restricted earned North Korea an average of USD 760 million in the past three years.
The resolution requires the end of all joint ventures with North Korea.
This will not only starve the regime of any revenues generated through such arrangements, it will now stop all future foreign investments and technology transfers to help North Korea’s nascent and weak commercial industries, according to a US factsheet.

North Korea warns US of ‘greatest pain and suffering’ over new sanctions
Pyongyang, Sep. 12 (IANS): North Korea on Monday threatened to inflict ‘’greatest pain and suffering” on the US, after Washington pushed for new sanctions against Pyongyang for its sixth nuclear test in the UN Security Council, the state-media reported.
“In case the US eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful ‘resolution’ on harsher sanctions, North Korea shall make absolutely sure that the US pays due price,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released by the Korean Central News Agency.
Pyongyang is “ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means”, the Ministry warned in the statement, which also stressed that its eventual retaliation “will cause the US the greatest pain and suffering it has felt throughout its history”, reports Efe news
According to North Korea, the US “is trying to use Pyongyang’s legitimate self-defensive measures as an excuse to strangle and completely suffocate it”.
Pyongyang said it “has developed and perfected the super-powerful thermonuclear weapon as a means to deter the ever-increasing hostile moves and nuclear threat of the US”, and to “defuse the danger of nuclear war looming over the Korean peninsula”.
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 international community and raised tensions in the region.
Leader Kim Jong-un called the country’s latest weapon test “a great victory” during a banquet held in Pyongyang on September 9 which coincided with the 69th anniversary of the founding of the country. The US, with support from Japan and South Korea, has called for a UN Security Council meeting on Monday to vote on a resolution with additional sanctions against North Korea.
The proposal included a ban on oil and textile exports to North Korea and prohibited North Korean citizens from working abroad.

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