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North Korea Sends Rare Letter of Protest to US Congress Over Sanctions

13 Mai 2017

The mission of North Korea to the United Nations said in a statement on Friday it has called on UN member states to re-evaluate the legal grounds on sanctions introduced against Pyongyang.

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation this month to tighten sanctions by targeting North Korea's shipping industry and companies that do business it.

"As the US House of Representatives enacts more and more of these reckless hostile laws, North Korea's efforts to strengthen nuclear deterrent will gather greater pace, beyond anyone's imagination", it added.

North Korea is seeking to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the United States mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five atomic tests, two of them a year ago.

The measure is sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce of California, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, the committee's senior Democrat. He added the US should be ready to hold talks and relieve sanctions if the North agrees to real concessions on its nuclear and missile programs. But it's rare to hear such direct protests from North Korea to the U.S. Congress.

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But he said Friday's protest was also notable in that it was sent by the recently revived parliamentary foreign affairs committee, which was discontinued by Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, in 1998.

The North also announced last week that it thwarted what it claims was a CIA-backed attempt to assassinate Kim.

North Korea argued that there would be no need for Washington to "beg or threaten" countries to implement the measures if the sanctions had a clear legal basis. If the administration decides to do this more sanctions would be triggered. Goods produced by North Korea's forced labor would be prohibited from entering the United States, according to the legislation.

The sanctions committee, led by Italy, has held a series of closed sessions with countries from each regional group at the United Nations to press them to submit reports on how they are implementing the sanctions.