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North Korean threat highlights NATO missile shield "weak link"

North Korean threat highlights NATO missile shield North Korean threat highlights NATO missile shield "weak link"
Sherri Watson | 13 September, 2017, 02:23

On Monday (US time), the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2375, which includes restrictions on oil supplies to North Korea.

China's United Nations ambassador urged the council to adopt the freeze-for-freeze proposal and urged the pledge not to seek regime change or North Korea's collapse. "The US should continue to use US sanctions against China and Russian Federation to ensure implementation", Ruggiero told CNN.

Countries that have provided work permits for the North Koreans are asked to report to the United Nations the number of guest workers they have employed and the date for ending those contracts.

The original USA draft would also have frozen the assets of North Korea's state-owned airline Air Koryo, the Korean People's Army and five other powerful military and party entities.

"It all depends on China and Russia's willingness".

"Today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea".

The US and its allies have been calling for stern measures against North Korea since the September 3 nuclear test. But FireEye points out that hackers can swap them into other, more anonymous cryptocurrencies - or move them elsewhere and eventually withdraw them in traditional currencies like South Korean won or US dollars.

As for North Koreans working overseas, the USA mission said a cutoff on new work permits will eventually cost North Korea about $500 million a year once current work permits expire.

In the wake of the sanctions' passage, Peru's foreign ministry said it had ordered North Korea's ambassador to leave the country within five days, joining Mexico in ejecting Pyongyang's representatives in recent weeks.

Lee told reporters while debates over the redeployment of weapons in response to North Korea's nuclear and missile threats can take place in political circles and the media, the "government sees many problems" arising from redeployment, News 1 reported. Republican Chairman Ed Royce said the USA should target Chinese banks, including Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. and China Merchants Bank Co.

"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 program, we will act to stop it ourselves", USA ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said following the vote on Monday.

Textiles were North Korea's second-biggest export after coal and other minerals in 2016, totaling $752 million.

"North Korea needs to realize that a reckless challenge against worldwide peace will only bring about even stronger global sanctions against it", the Blue House said. "The new embargoes are incrementally tougher, but diplomacy meant they had to be compromised to an extent that they are very unlikely to change minds in Pyongyang".

Kim Hyun-Wook of Seoul's Korea National Diplomatic Academy, predicted: "The sanctions will only provide North Korea with an excuse for further provocations, such as an ICBM launch".

Many analysts think Kim will wait until he's mastered his weapons before negotiating, as it would strengthen his hand.

If this is a choice between the survival of his regime, which he appears to believe the nuclear deterrent will secure - North Korean officials often quote the examples of Libya and Iraq as what happens to states that give up their nuclear weapons - and the further suffering of his citizens, it's hard to believe Mr Kim will choose the latter.

Pyongyang branded the sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council "vicious" and vowed revenge.

The red top gained an exclusive interview with one of the tyrant's closest friends - Italian senator Antonio Razzi, strangely enough - who informed him that his love for the Red Devils and how he hardly misses a chance to watch the world's best club and continental tournaments.

The UN Security Council has imposed new sanctions on North Korea in opposition to North Korea's sixth nuclear test.