Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

South Korea plans 'decapitation unit' to try to scare North Korea's leaders

South Korea plans 'decapitation unit' to try to scare North Korea's leaders

The resolution, passed after Washington toned down its original proposals to secure backing from China and Russian Federation, came just one month after the council banned exports of coal, lead and seafood in response to the North's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

President Donald Trump's administration is pushing the Security Council to adopt a united stance as Kim gets closer to being able to strike the USA with a nuclear weapon. That's nearly 8 times South Korea's 2017 annual budget. Thoughts on the same were not further stirred and North Korea continued with its celebration to mark the day.

Pyongyang said it "categorically rejected" what it called an "illegal" resolution.

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That statement followed a similar message from Monday, in which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported Pyongyang would respond to any sanctions by inflicting upon the United States "the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history", KCNA reported.

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Because of its lack of control and secretiveness, bitcoin is a useful tool to accelerate North Korea's military operations.

China's Foreign Ministry in a statement Tuesday stressed its support for fresh UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea after its latest nuclear test.

Limits on imports of crude oil and oil products. There was no independent confirmation but some Western experts said there was enough strong evidence to suggest the reclusive state has either developed a hydrogen bomb or was getting very close.

Government estimates of the yield from its sixth nuclear test vary from South Korea's 50 kilotons to Japan's 160, but 38 North, which is linked to Johns Hopkins University in the United States, raised its estimate to "roughly 250 kilotons", in line with upward revisions for the magnitude of the resulting tremor.

Joseph DeThomas, a former State Department official who worked on Iran and North Korea sanctions, questioned whether the new steps would have a major impact.

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Still, Russia, with its massive petroleum reserves and proven willingness to partner with unsavory regimes, could provide just enough of a boost to keep North Korea's economy moving, allowing it to again resist global pressure to give up its strategic weapons, the officials said.

"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. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is certainly keeping the door open to diplomacy, but he's focused on this sanctions track for now - the pressure side - so that if talks eventually get going, the US will go into it with some more leverage.

He called on anyone aware of efforts to enable North Korean trade to come forward before getting caught, warning: "We are closing in on North Korea's trade representatives".

When Justice Department officials announced sanctions on Russian businesses last month, they also sought the forfeiture of millions of dollars in USA currency alleged involved in the transactions, a step intended as a warning to others considering trading with North Korea.

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