North Korean envoy just warned the US will suffer "greatest pain"

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

On Monday, the UN Security Council unanimously approved Resolution 2375 after North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, banning North Korea's textile exports, which are the country's second-largest export after coal, and capping the country's imports of crude oil.

North Korea's reaction came a day after the 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution toughening sanctions against it over what it has described as a successful test of a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un praised the "perfect success" of the country's sixth and largest nuclear test and urged further weapons development, according to state media Sunday, in the face of a U.S. drive for tough new sanctions.

A tougher initial USA draft was weakened to win the support of China, Pyongyang's main ally and trading partner, and Russian Federation, both of which hold United Nations veto power.

While public antipathy towards Koreans does not appear to have escalated in reaction to the North's latest nuclear test and missile launches, the community has been the target of abuse by Japanese nationalists after similar incidents in the past.

US President Donald Trump says the latest round of United Nations sanctions on North Korea are only a very small step.

"It's clear that American diplomacy over the past two decades has failed because this is where we are with North Korea, but if we failed, the Chinese ought to be abjectly embarrassed over their failures", he said.

Russian Federation and China have also expressed concern about the humanitarian impact of strengthening sanctions on North Korea.

It said that Putin and Merkel strongly condemned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s disregard of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

In response to the recent UN resolution Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia said that Moscow "doesn't accept the North Korean ambition to gain the status of a nuclear power, and has backed all the UNSC resolutions".

The revised text would ban textile exports from North Korea, but it scrapped demands for a full halt to payments of North Korean laborers working overseas.

Mr Ri and Mr Hong's roles have also been noted overseas, prompting the United Nations, the US and South Korea to blacklist them.

"If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure", she said. The Bank of Korea drew links between North's robust economic growth and missile programs and noted that the manufacture of components was included when calculating GDP growth, according to a Reuters report.

"This resolution sends a very clear message to North Korea that the Security Council is united in condemning North Korea's violations and demanding North Korea give up its prohibited nuclear and ballistic missile programs", the USA mission to the U.N. responded.

"It will be up to Chinese companies that deal in the North Korean textile trade to take action and up to the Chinese government to ensure the Chinese companies are taking action".

Reports also said Chinese banks have started imposing restrictions on North Korean accounts and transactions.

North Korea is now banned from exporting textiles - its second-biggest export after coal and other minerals in 2016, totaling $752 million, according to data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.

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