United Nations security council approves new sanctions on North Korea

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North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test just over a week ago, and Washington and its allies want harsh new restrictions placed on Pyongyang.

The US official said the ban on textile exports would deprive North Korea of some $726 million in annual revenue.

"If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure".

Nevertheless, as the isolated state and its adversaries tread ever closer to a military denouement, there is now a reality - whether it is recognized officially or not - that North Korea has attained nuclear status and whatever deterrence the US, South Korea and the rest of the global community might concoct to prevent those weapons from finding flight, the message to nuclear aspirants is clear.

The resolution would ensure a depletion in imports of refined petroleum products to 2 million barrels a year, a ban on textile exports and strengthening of inspections of ships that are believed to be carrying cargo in breach of sanctions. "We are not looking for war", US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council after the vote.

"It might create problems or delays for those working overseas, but it's not gonna have a substantial effect on North Korea's plans or what they will do with their strategic weapons".

A Sanctions Committee, which acts as a subsidiary of the Security Council, is tasked with implementing, monitoring and providing recommendations to the council on particular sanctions regimes. The documents described a web of alleged front companies established by Russian citizens for the specific goal of concealing business arrangements with Pyongyang.

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea. These costs can be inflicted by either a thermonuclear or nuclear weapon, and while North Korea has only miniaturized its fission weapons recently it has possessed this kind of weapon since 2006. In the past, USA agencies also have tracked shipments of Russian industrial equipment and ores as well as luxury goods.

He added: "They busied themselves. making preposterous remarks like "the nuclear missile of North Korea are military means that can strike Europe". The service was temporarily suspended last week because of a financial dispute. Thus, Beijing's cooperation is key to any sanctions regime that seeks to force Kim to alter his behaviour, current and former United States officials say.

Among the many strides North Korea has made in its development of nuclear weapons it can add another disquieting distinction: the precedent it's set for other rogue states who covet nuclear weapons.

Lawmakers pressed State and Treasury Department officials for evidence new sanctions would be more effective.

Negotiating with North Korea may be diplomatically challenging and politically unappealing, but the United States needs to seriously consider opening talks sooner rather than later. Such inter-Korean trade was not considered exports or imports.

It also followed a decision by Mexico last week to expel the North Korean ambassador on its territory.

Joining "the H-bomb club" is the latest in a string of technical accomplishments in North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs that complicate Washington's ability to negotiate with Pyongyang. The Russian leader also raised the possibility of involving North Korea and South Korea in joint projects including the construction of new rail links and energy projects.

According to the documents, Velmur worked with other Russian partners to obtain contracts this year to purchase almost US$7 million worth of diesel fuel from a Russian supplier known as IPC between February and May.

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