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U.S. softens North Korea resolution ahead of United Nations vote

13 Septembre 2017

"The DPRK (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means" and the US would pay a heavy price if new sanctions proposed by Washington are adopted, North Korea's foreign ministry said, using the country's official name. Yet his blustering and posturing have done more to unsettle America's allies than frighten North Korea. The UN Security Council yesterday unanimously backed new sanctions against Kim Jong-Un's regime, including restrictions on shipments of oil products, drawing an angry response from Pyongyang. The U.S. draft also identified nine ships that have carried out activities prohibited by previous U.N. resolutions and would authorize any U.N. member state to stop these vessels on the high seas without their consent and use "all necessary measures" - which in U.N. language includes force - to carry out an inspection and direct the vessel to a port.

"My delegation condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the latest illegal and unlawful U.N. Security Council resolution", North Korean Ambassador Han Tae Song told the U.N. -sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, according to Reuters. "I do not believe there will be 'Korea passing.' What's your view on this?"

He said that it is not proper to gauge the possible impacts of the sanctions on the now-shuttered joint industrial complex in North Korea's border city of Kaesong.

In order to pass, a resolution needs nine of the 15 Security Council members to vote in favor and no vetoes by any of the five permanent members - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China.

After the announcement, Japan and South Korea said they are prepared to put more pressure if the rouge state refused to end its aggressive development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

The US has called for a vote on Monday on new United Nations sanctions.

A senior administration official briefed reporters last week and also said that the Trump administration has no intention of sitting down with the Kim regime under current conditions and that the plan is to continue to increase pressure on Pyongyang.

US President Donald Trump has foreshadowed unilateral action against North Korea, describing the latest round of United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang as a "very small step". They have a lot of leverage.

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'We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing, ' Haley said after the vote.

"But clearly, the sanctions have not had the kind of effect that the United States and other countries have wanted".

Briefing the USA lawmakers, Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea displayed satellite photos to demonstrate North Korea's deceptive shipping practices. Therefore, China has to accommodate the USA and its allies where North Korea is concerned.

That and other proposals, including cyber attacks and increased intelligence operations, were presented to Trump by his top national security advisers over lunch just hours after North Korea's latest nuclear test on September 3, said NBC.

Washington has said military action remains an option in dealing with North Korea and threatened to cut economic ties with countries that continue to trade with the it.

"Today we are saying that the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea", U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council Monday evening.

Of course, Beijing is unlikely to agree to an embargo or even an expansion of sanctions; authoritative reports in Chinese state media have echoed Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of this last nuclear test in stressing the ineffectiveness of sanctions.