UN Aims to Sanction North Korea with Oil and Asset Freeze

Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr show today Sir Michael Fallon raised concerns about the danger of a'miscalculation causing a military confrontation saying it must be avoided'at all costs

The United States called on the U.N. Security Council to vote on increased sanctions against North Korea after its most recent nuclear test.

AFP reports that Washington's draft resolution includes an oil and gas embargo, an asset freeze on the Kim family, an import ban on North Korean textiles, and bans countries from giving any additional permits to North Korean workers.

MBC reported Friday the Kim Jong Un regime may be combining sophisticated methods of evading sanctions with a lack of commitment to sanctions enforcement, on the part of some countries, to earn as much as $265 million annually. The vote in response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test is intended for September 11, the USA mission to the United Nations announced on Friday night.

Russian Federation doesn't believe sanctions are working, and President Vladimir Putin fears that cutting of the oil supply could hurt the North Korean people. Instead, they called the USA government to consider diplomatic solutions.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on September 8 that it was too early for a vote in the UN Security Council on new North Korean sanctions.

Bloomberg reported the Trump administration has urged the Security Council to adopt a united stance on North Korea and Kim, who has said he won't negotiate unless the US drops its "hostile" policies.

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New measures by the global community should be aimed at "harming the nuclear and missile program of the government of North Korea while helping restart dialogue and negotiation", Wang said.

Several diplomats say the U.S. demand for a speedy council vote is aimed at putting maximum pressure on China.

Anchor: North Korea has reportedly raked in over 270 million dollars in illegal gains due to loopholes in UN sanctions, prompting the UN Security Council to seek tougher sanctions that would allow the use of military force on North Korean smuggling vessels on the high seas.

Radioactive isotopes of Xenon were detected in samples taken on land, sea, and air, but were too small to hurt people or the environment, Seoul's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said.

Moreover, South Korea Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said that North Korean leader is likely to launch another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) "on September 9".

Experts believe the isolated regime is close to its goal of developing a powerful nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States, something President Donald Trump has vowed to prevent.



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