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

UNSC approves tough new sanctions against North Korea

UNSC approves tough new sanctions against North Korea

Washington told the UN Security Council last Friday to call a meeting today to vote on a draft resolution establishing additional sanctions on North Korea for its missile and nuclear programme.

Whether the administration will garner the support of Moscow and Beijing when the new sanctions come up for a vote Monday evening at the United Nations Security Council remains to be seen.

Accusing the United States of trying to sabotage its development, North Korea warned it will redouble efforts to safeguard the country's sovereignty and right to existence.

But UN sanctions against North Korea have proven ineffective eight times before, so why would they suddenly start working now?

But after the latest nuclear test, Haley took a more public approach, announcing a week ago that she would circulate a draft resolution to all council members and that she meant to call for a vote on September 11.

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The United States has said that a previous rounds of sanctions agreed in August were aimed at cutting North Korea's $3 billion in exports by a third. It also bans North Korean exports of textiles, a $726 million industry, and phases out North Korea's overseas labor program, which sends 93,000 North Koreans abroad to work in near slave conditions and send their pay back to the regime. The resolution also requires those inspections to be done with the consent of the countries where the ships are registered, which opens the door to violations. The North flight-tested its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs twice in July and analysis of flight data suggested that the missiles could reach deep into the US mainland when perfected. It also prohibits North Korean imports of liquefied natural gas and condensates.

Washington has said military action remains an option in dealing with North Korea and threatened to cut economic ties with countries that continue to trade with the it - around 90 percent of the North's external commerce is with China.

The Dandong-Sinuiju pipeline connecting both the countries, delivers more than half a million tonnes of crude oil to North Korea a year.

"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.

Haley addressed the question of how to enforce the sanctions, saying it would present a challenge but expressing optimism given Chinese cooperation on the resolution.

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Ultimately, analysts said, diplomatic success would be measured not by the strictness of sanctions, but by the ability of world powers to persuade Pyongyang to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Echoing China's thoughts, Russian Envoy Vassily A Nebenzia said that ignoring China and Russia proposal for dialogue would be "a big mistake" and they "insist" that it be considered. "But those talks are not yet happening".

Still he says, it's "nice" to get a 15-0 vote.

Britain and France - permanent veto-wielding Security Council members along with the US, China and Russian Federation - have given Washington their strong backing.

It also held Washington responsible for the situation and said it was necessary to establish a "practical equilibrium" with the U.S. to maintain peace and security in the region.

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"The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini made the remarks on Tuesday in her report on the North's sixth nuclear test and global responses during a plenary session of the European Parliament in France".

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