US Weakens Resolution on North Korea to Gain Chinese and Russian Support

Pauline Gross
September 13, 2017

In response, the U.S., South Korea and Japan want the Security Council to implement stronger measures against North Korea, including bans on oil imports, exports of textiles and employment of its guest workers by other countries.

Another week, another round of United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

"We are not looking for war".

It was the ninth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with China's most senior diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi Tuesday, where the subject undoubtedly came up.

"Pyongyang falsifies the identity of vessels to make it harder for governments to determine if ships docking in their ports are linked to North Korea", Billingslea said.

But the sanctions stop short of choking off the regime's economic lifelines.

The Security Council stepped up sanctions against the hermit state on Monday after it carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test which caps textile exports and crude oil imports.

Stopping fuel shipments altogether would have a severe impact on North Korea, including hardship for its population on the brink of a cold winter.

The resolution also requires that those inspections be done with the consent of the countries where the ships are registered, which opens the door to violations.

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China and Russian Federation had called for a resolution focused on a political solution to the escalating crisis over North Koreas nuclear program.

Seoul welcomed the resolution, calling it a "grave warning that (North Korea's) continued provocations will only intensify its diplomatic isolation and economic pressure".

Nevertheless, the new resolution was an important step forward and there was room for strong interpretation, he said.

Peru declared the ambassador, Kim Hak-Chol, a persona non grata on Monday to protest North Korea's refusal to heed the world's "constant calls" to end its nuclear programme - giving him five days to leave the Andean country. He said so far he did not have evidence that the Kim regime has targeted cryptocurrency exchanges outside of South Korea, but did not rule out the possibility in the future.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday that the United Nations resolution represented "the strongest set of sanctions" so far, adding that "that's significant".

"It has to be paired with a pragmatic strategy of engagement".

The resolution drafted by the US would have implemented a broad range of measures, including imposing a full oil embargo on the communist country. He said that the USA has recently caught North Korea trying to disguise the origin of ships it's using - and added that cracking down on North Korean ship traffic will be crucial to enforcing sanctions. "It means we continue with sanctions - potentially secondary boycotts of Chinese banks - and with missile defence; that is, we continue with what we are doing". He called on North Korea to "take seriously" the will of the global community to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development.

Ambassador Han Tae Song also lashed out at the United States during a session of the U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament, saying North Korea denounces Washington's "evil intention" and would "make sure the USA pays a due price".

North Korea has rejected the sanctions, warning that the USA would see the "greatest pain" it has ever experienced.

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