Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Tuesday it's fortunate that the UN Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions on North Korea even though the resolution was watered down from its original draft.
The United States watered down an initial tougher draft resolution to win the support of North Korea's ally China and Russian Federation.
"However, she said the United States was not looking for war with North Korea and that Pyongyang had not yet passed the point of no return".
"If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future. We are urging the North to end the vicious circle of repeating provocations and sanctions and start a dialogue for the peaceful resolution of its nuclear issue", he added.
President Trump gets it: He said the sanctions are only a very small step compared to what "will have to happen".
The measures restrict oil imports and ban textile exports, and were approved after North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month. Almost 80 percent of the textile exports went to China.
The draft proposes a cap of crude oil exports at current levels and adds a cap of two million barrels a year on refined oil, while it bans "condensates and natural gas liquids" altogether.
North Korea has responded with the usual bluster.
- Limits on imports of crude oil and oil products. An incident in April, in which wallets at the South Korean exchange Yapizon were compromised, can not be clearly tied to North Korean actors, he wrote.
Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, told the Security Council on Monday that Moscow supported the resolution because "leaving nuclear tests without a firm reaction would be wrong". This is clearly different from the course pursued by South Korea and the U.S. of placing additional pressure on North Korea.
Ms Haley last week dismissed this proposal as "insulting".
The senator also said the Trump administration should continue to work with China to convince North Korea to halt its missile and weapons programs.
Anthony Ruggiero, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies in Washington, said it was better to fine Chinese banks doing business with North Korea than to try to cut off energy supplies.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says the world is "united against the illegal and reckless acts by the North Korean regime".
"We need to use every ounce of leverage.to put maximum pressure on this rogue regime", he told a hearing on North Korea.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the council after the vote that "we don't take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today".
"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 United States has said that a previous round of sanctions agreed in August was aimed at cutting North Korea's $3 billion in exports by a third.
The respected 38 North website in the USA raised its estimate for the yield from the explosion, which Pyongyang says was a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit onto a missile, to around 250 kilotons - more than 16 times the size of the device that devastated Hiroshima in 1945.