UN Security Council Unanimously Votes to Impose New Sanctions on North Korea

by Abel Hampton December 26, 2017, 0:36
UN Security Council Unanimously Votes to Impose New Sanctions on North Korea

In the document, announced on Monday, Mr Trump said Washington had to deal with the challenge posed by North Korea's weapons programmes.

Mattis continually said the USA would rather find a diplomatic solution for the Korean Peninsula, but that if the USA needs to take care of the situation militarily, "we expect to make it the worst day in North Korea's life".

On Friday (22 December) the US-drafted resolution was voted for by North Korea's main trading partner, China, and Russian Federation, a traditional ally of Pyongyang.

"The adoption of the resolution was made possible exclusively thanks to the fact that our concerns were reflected and accounted for", said Russian deputy envoy Vladimir Safronkov, who stressed that key activities such as diplomacy in North Korea and the operations of the country's airline are exempted from the sanctions.

Beijing's vote for the tougher sanctions indicates that its direct influence with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is waning and that China is recognising the global dangers from North Korea's nuclear and missile arsenals. "Isolation and pressure must give way to dialogue and talks".

While China has supported earlier United Nations sanctions it has been reluctant to agree to Washington's calls for restrictions that it considers would threaten the lives of ordinary North Koreans.

Asserting that "there is no military option for settling the nuclear issue on the peninsula", Wu reiterated a dual-suspension proposal whereby North Korea's halting of its weapons development would be conditional upon the United States and South Korea calling off large-scale military exercises in the region. "North Korea, however, says the Hwasong-15 could reach mainland USA carrying a 'super-large heavy warhead'". Diplomatic efforts to quell the threats and denuclearize North Korea have failed to move the needle on the situation's urgency.

China's representative to the United Nations has repeatedly called on the U.S.to adhere to four conditions regarding North Korea: no regime change, no regime collapse, no accelerated reunification and no military deployment north of the 38th parallel dividing the Korean Peninsula.

Ambassador Park Chull-joo, participating as an observer since South Korea is not now a member of the Security Council, said, "However narrow and bumpy it may be, the road toward peaceful denuclearization through dialogue is still open and available".

The most recent North Korean missile test was on September 14, when North Korea launched an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean.

The resolution also demands that countries inspect ships in their territorial waters that are suspected of carrying oil and other banned products to North Korea. The latest happened in the end of November, when North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed in Japanese waters.

Besides putting limitations on energy, export and import sectors, the UNSC also imposed a ban on North Korean exports of food products, machinery and industrial and electrical equipment, news agency ANI reported.

Trump Administration officials have continued to suggest military means are their preferred choice to anything, except for a total North Korea surrender.

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