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China urges UN Security Council members to be unified on DPRK issue

13 Septembre 2017

The U.S. needs the support of both of its geopolitical rivals for its current strategy of using economic pressure and diplomacy - and not military options - for getting North Korea to halt its testing of nuclear bombs and the missiles for delivering them.

"How would we know if China is limiting crude oil exports if it doesn't report the data to begin with?" asked Kent Boydston, a research analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Rycroft told reporters who questioned the watering down of the initial USA text that "there is a significant prize in keeping the whole of the Security Council united and I very much hope that all my council colleagues will vote in favor of the revised draft".

"If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure", she said.

"In addition, Member States would not supply, sell or transfer crude oil to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in excess of the amount supplied, sold or transferred by that State in the 12-month period prior to the adoption of today's resolution".

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the latest United Nations sanctions on North Korea were only a very small step and nothing compared to what would have to happen to deal with the country's nuclear programme.

But with Berlin, Paris and London potentially within striking distance of North Korea's missiles from next year, officials say the USA -led alliance's system needs more radars and special interceptors to destroy a rocket from Pyongyang.

The initial sanctions included a ban on oil imports, the freezing of assets and a travel ban for North Korea's leader but those were later changed.

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North Korea on Wednesday shrugged off the recent tougher "evil" sanctions imposed by United Nations Security Council following strongest nuclear test, besides resolving to expedite its weapons programme.

"North Korea is very sophisticated in concealing the fact that it is, indeed, North Korea doing business overseas".

But underscoring the big questions about Chinese and Russian compliance, senior US officials told the House Foreign Affairs Committee today that effective enforcement by both of the North's neighbors and trading partners will be the acid test of whether sanctions work.

A person answering the customer hotline at the world's largest lender, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC) 601398.SS , said the bank had stopped opening accounts for North Koreans and Iranians since July 16. The country's top product is coal, and 92.5 per cent of all of its exports went to China in 2016.

The UNSC adopted new sanctions Monday in the wake of North Korea's most powerful nuclear test September 3.

Meanwhile, Japanese broadcaster NHK cited a Chinese source as saying that China's four state-run banks - the Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China - told all North Koreans including diplomats to withdraw their money by August 31 and halted all further transactions with them.

Russian Federation has argued that sanctions aren't working and President Vladimir Putin expressed concern last week that a total oil cutoff could hurt the North Korean people. "The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return", she also said.

"I would say that United Nations sanctions on North Korea are like an expanding sieve".