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UN Security Council Approves New Sanctions Against North Korea

13 Septembre 2017

The measures restrict oil imports and ban textile exports, and were approved after North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month.

"To the contrary, it throws gasoline on the fire for which we express protest and regret", Kim added before declining to take questions from reporters.

"We are not looking for war".

She added: "The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return".

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi said Beijing hopes the United States would not seek regime change for North Korea or measures that would ensure the regime's collapse.

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

A defiant North Korea for its part "categorically rejected" the resolution, saying the USA was "fired up" for confrontation and would soon face the "greatest pain" it had ever experienced. Almost 80% went to China.

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Monday's text is the ninth resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programme.

"The US needs to switch from isolation to communication in order to end an "endless loop" on the Korean peninsula where "nuclear and missile tests trigger tougher sanctions and tougher sanctions invite further tests", Xinhua said".

He called on anyone aware of efforts to enable North Korean trade to come forward before getting caught, warning: "We are closing in on North Korea's trade representatives".

The resolution instead bans trade in textiles, cuts off natural gas shipments to North Korea, places a ceiling on deliveries of refined oil products and caps crude oil shipments at current levels.

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The 12 members of OPEC bound by a supply-cutting pact raised their compliance to 82 percent in August from 75 percent in July. Supply is also said to have been hampered by Hurricane Harvey in the US , which caused refineries to shut.

The North has kept its oil imports statistics secret, and the official statistics of China, which supplies most crude oil for the North, showed "zero" for many years.

Former North Korea's allies Russian Federation and China also voted in favour of new oil imports limits.

Meanwhile, ahead of the sanctions, Pyongyang has warned Washington that if harsh sanctions are imposed on North Korea, the U.S. would have to pay a "due price" for it.

"These new sanctions send a loud and clear message to North Korea that its behaviour will not be tolerated by the worldwide community and will be met with significant consequences", he said.

The latest resolution does not include North Korean leader Kim Jong-un or his sister on its blacklist, as initially proposed.

Chinese officials have privately expressed fears that an oil embargo could risk causing massive instability in its neighbour.

The NSCC also said the xenon traces detected had no impact on South Korea's environment and population.

"This will cut deep", U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on the new resolution, pointing out it will hit Pyongyang's ability to fuel and fund its nuclear and missile programs and will reduce by nearly 50 percent its supply of gas, diesel and heavy fuel oil. Trump has vowed not to allow North Korea to develop a nuclear missile capable of hitting the mainland United States.

The latest resolution contained new political language urging "further work to reduce tensions so as to advance the prospects for a comprehensive settlement".

The resolution also calls on states to inspect vessels on the high seas, with the consent of the flag state, if they have reasonable grounds to believe the ships are carrying prohibited cargo.

2 June 2017: United Nations imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on four entities and 14 officials, including the head of North Korea's overseas spying operations.

UN Security Council Approves New Sanctions Against North Korea