Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Medical | By Rita Mcdonald

United States will take 'prudent defensive measures' against N.Korea threat -envoy

United States will take 'prudent defensive measures' against N.Korea threat -envoy

The Security Council unanimously approved the sanctions on North Korea, including banning coal and other exports worth over $1 billion.

Nikki Haley, ambassador to the U.N. for the United States, which drafted the resolution, said the vote "put the North Korean dictator on notice" and represented a "strong, united step holding North Korea accountable for its behavior". Today you're going to see the action.

"I think the administration has said and will continue to say that North Korea has acted recklessly, irresponsibly, and it has to stop", Haley said.

The UN Security Council resolution was adopted in response to the DPRK's ballistic missile launches on July 3 and 28, which the country has claimed were of "intercontinental" range.

All 15 Security Council members approved the resolution, including Russian Federation and China.

The sanctions ban North Korea from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood products that are estimated to be worth more than $1 billion.

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The government said that the resolution added nine North Korean officials and four entities including North Korea's main foreign exchange bank to the United Nations sanctions blacklist. This represents one-third of its total exports a year ago, estimated at $3 billion.

Even North Korea's ally China supported the sanctions as did Russian Federation.

He also called for halting the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, saying it will not resolve the North Korean nuclear stalemate.

"This resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime", she said.

The resolution expresses regret at North Korea's "massive diversion of its scarce resources toward its development of nuclear weapons and a number of expensive ballistic missile programmes".

The sanction also blacklisted nine DPRK individuals operating overseas as representatives of designated entities (asset freeze and travel ban) and four DPRK commercial entities designated for an asset freeze.

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North Korea has already faced a decade's worth of ever-increasing sanctions backed by the USA and its allies. This year, Pyongyang was estimated to earn $251 million from iron and iron ore exports, $113 million from lead and lead ore exports, and $295 million from seafood exports, the diplomat said. It would also impose an asset freeze on two companies and two banks.

The measures would be the seventh set of United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first carried out a nuclear test in 2006.

Though the economic sanctions have teeth, Washington didn't get everything it wanted.

It also gives the committee a green light to designate specific vessels that are breaking sanctions from entering ports all over the world and to work with Interpol to enforce travel bans on North Koreans on the sanctions blacklist.

Neither oil nor new air restrictions are included in the resolution. Despite that, the USA and two previous South Korean governments "essentially bought into a sanctions approach to try and stop North Korea", says John Delury, a North Korea watcher who teaches worldwide relations at Seoul's Yonsei University.

China has always insisted on realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, upholding peace and stability there and seeking a solution through dialogue and consultation.

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