China and Russia Back New UN Sanctions Against DPRK

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 6, 2017

Unioted Nations: The United Nations Security Council on Saturday unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that aims to slash by a third North Korea's $3 billion annual export revenue over Pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July.

"The government welcomes the unanimous adoption of Resolution 2371 by the UN Security Council in response to North Korea's ballistic missile provocations on July 4 and 28", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a released statement.

But Mr. Liu also criticized the United States, calling for the dismantlement of a missile defense system it has begun installing in South Korea, which China also regards as counterproductive.

The U.N. imposed a full ban on coal, iron, lead and other exports from North Korea.

The new sanctions would prohibit new joint ventures between North Korean entities and foreign corporations and cap foreign investment in existing ventures. The move came as the U.S. national security adviser warned that President Donald Trump isn't ruling out a "preventive war" to stop North Korea.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said it was "the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation".

"The unanimous action at the Security Council reflects the worldwide community's grave concern with the ongoing tensions which arise from North Korea's violations of UNSC resolutions, and the importance of reducing tensions and engaging in dialogue on appropriate terms". It has often protected Pyongyang from harmful resolutions in the past.

Trump has been pressuring Beijing to act against Pyongyang, calling past American leaders "foolish" who had allegedly allowed China to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade and yet do nothing for the USA with North Korea.

He also urged North Korea to "cease taking actions that might further escalate tensions".

The UN Security Council passed Saturday a resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea for its continued ICBM testing and violation of UN resolutions.

Matthew Rycroft, the UN representative of the United Kingdom, one of the five permanent members, said: "North Korea is no longer a threat faced by a single country or a single region".

China's U.N. ambassador, Liu Jieyi, declared on Saturday that the new resolution demonstrates that the world is "united in its position regarding the nuclear position on the Korean peninsula", and said that China was glad that the US said it was not seeking regime change in Pyongyang or reunification of the two Koreas. Washington has threatened to exert trade pressure on Beijing and impose new sanctions on Chinese firms doing business with Pyongyang.

The draft envisions a ban on the exports of a range of minerals and products to the DPRK, including coal, iron, lead, and seafood.

Having failed to persuade its Southeast Asian allies not to invite Pyongyang to the forum, USA officials also want to use the platform to remind Kim Jong-Un's regime of its diplomatic isolation. Still, he acknowledged this "would be a very costly war, in terms of -in terms of the suffering of mainly the South Korean people".

Mr. Tillerson is present in the capital of the philippines ahead of a regional forum of the Association of nations of South-East asian nations (Asean), but the spotlight will be turned on its head-to-head with the competing great powers, Russian Federation and China.

"If there is an opportunity that naturally occurs, we should talk", Ms Kang told the agency.

How has North Korea responded? The diplomat said it was hard to estimate how much North Korea was earning from sending workers overseas.

A total of 27 countries including 10 ASEAN member states will be on hand at the meeting.

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