Gerry Brownlee welcomes new North Korea sanctions

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

Though Beijing shares the USA opposition to North Korea's nuclear weapons and repeated calls for denuclearization, its fear of instability on the border carries higher priority. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization said it was another breach of the accepted norm against nuclear testing respected by 183 countries since 1996.

While President Donald Trump's administration does not rule out military options in dealing with the threat posed by North Korea, a US pre-emptive strike is an unlikely scenario in addressing the nuclear standoff, according to security experts.

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

Earlier on Tuesday, North Korea hit out at the latest round of sanctions, vowing that the United States would "suffer its greatest pain" for leading the push for the new measures.

Russian smugglers are illicitly supplying North Korea with contraband energy and goods, evading sanctions and ignoring concerns about the isolated Asian country's nuclear tests, the Washington Post reported Monday.

That launch was followed by a nuclear test on September 3, its largest to date, which Pyongyang said was a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit onto a missile. It's possible North Korea is either trying to run out the clock on the United States, betting on the unlikelihood of President Donald Trump resorting to the "fire and fury" response he threatened in August.

The agency says it couldn't verify exactly what kind of nuclear bomb the North detonated as it hasn't found several other radioactive isotopes that typically accompany a nuclear explosion.

"As the Chinese cut off oil and gas, we're seeing [North Korea] turn to Russia", The Washington Post quoted an unnamed senior USA official with knowledge of alleged Russian smuggling into North Korea as saying on Monday.

"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".

The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted new sanctions against North Korea following its sixth nuclear test, imposing a cap on exports of crude oil to the country, though it fell short of a complete ban.

"Because of uneven, and sometimes nonexistent, worldwide implementation, North Korea shrugs off the practical impact of many restrictions, and is still exporting prohibited goods such as weapons, minerals, and statues", Billingslea said.

Liu said relevant parties should resume negotiations "sooner rather than later".

But given that the U.S. doesn't know the tunnels, mountains or other hiding places for many of Kim's mobile missiles, or the exact number of nuclear weapons or location of uranium-enrichment facilities, it's likely that U.S. military action could destroy only a small part of the North's missile and nuclear program.

Ms Haley last week dismissed this proposal as "insulting".

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