Peru says expelling North Korean ambassador over nuclear program

Lester Mason
September 13, 2017

Speaking on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, she said: "We will never forget that those who have evil intentions must be confronted".

"I can't say this loudly but I secretly think well done" on North Korea's development of missile and nuclear capabilities, she said.

"The DPRK is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means", the statement said, referring to the country by its acronym. "The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no-return", Haley told the council.

"One way or another we have to get this nuclear programme stopped because it is a threat to all of us. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it".

DPRK stands for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Chinese gasoline exports to the North fell sharply - to just 120 tons in July, compared to 8,262 tons in June - following a decision by China's state-owned oil company, China National Petroleum Corporation, to cut sales due to concerns that North Korea is too high a credit risk.

A 2016 meeting between Ri Su-yong, North Korea's foreign minister at the time, and President Xi Jinping led to a rare photo-op of the Chinese leader with a senior figure from Pyongyang but yielded few results.

"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.

The textile ban is significant. "They were suddenly getting a reasonable wage", said Green.Supply chain consultant Tjia said North Korea textile workers will be hit by the trade ban.

According to a recent study by the Nautilus Institute think-tank, a massive cutback in the flow of oil from China would definitely hurt the North Korean economy, and especially average citizens. The US estimates about 93,000 North Koreans are working overseas, the US official said.

Along with settling for the compromise on oil, the USA unsuccessfully tried to get a travel ban and freezes on the assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Air Koryo, the North's flagship airline.

Traditionally, the United States has discreetly negotiated with China on any North Korea sanctions before expanding talks to the full council once the five veto powers have agreed.

The adoption of the US -led sanctions served as an occasion for North Korea to "verify that the road it chose to go down was absolutely right and to strengthen its resolve to follow this road at a faster pace without the slightest diversion until this fight to the finish is over", showed a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

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.

Russian Federation had condemned the idea of tightening sanctions on North Korea without any political push to resolve the crisis.

Beijing and Moscow have called for a freeze-for-freeze agreement with North Korea, which would see the United States and South Korea halt military drills on the Korean Peninsula in exchange for Pyongyang stopping its nuclear and ballistic missile program.

He said that only a united council can provide the pressure needed to enable successful negotiations to take place to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula.

"Third, we will continue the discussion we launched last week on additional European Union sanctions to complement action decided by the Security Council and put maximum pressure on North Korea". "We are not looking for war".

There was new political language in the resolution urging "further work to reduce tensions so as to advance the prospects for a comprehensive settlement".

Both Russia and China reiterated their proposal that the US and South Korea freeze all military drills - which anger North Korea - and asked for a halt in the deployment of the controversial anti-missile system Thaad in exchange for Pyongyang's cessation of its weapons programmes.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the council's "firm action" to send a clear message to North Korea that it must comply with its global obligations, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

"I could also imagine such a format to settle the North Korea conflict", she said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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