North Korea says it is ready to teach United States 'severe lesson'

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 11, 2017

The sanctions against North Korea for its escalating nuclear and missile programmes include a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion - a huge bite in its total exports, valued at US$3 billion past year.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley praised the new sanctions, telling council members after the vote that it is "the single largest economic package ever leveled against the North Korean regime".

"The North Korean program remains an unconstrained one with neither sanctions nor an operational diplomatic agreement holding it back", John Park, the director of the Korea Working Group at Harvard Kennedy School, told Bloomberg News.

In remarks to reporters Monday morning, Tillerson said the best signal North Korea could give that it was prepared for negotiations with the US would be to halt its missile launches.

The UNSC on Saturday unanimously adopted Resolution 2371 in response to the regime's recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests, slashing the North's annual export revenue by a third. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was also attending the forum, sought the aid of China's Minister Wang and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The comments came as U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson arrived in the Philippines for a regional summit expected to focus heavily on concerns with North Korea.

It's hard to know if such sanctions will be effective, said Sifton, although he points to South Korean intelligence indicating that the last round of sanctions against North Korea might have "lead the regime to be a little bit less aggressive or brutal in its crackdowns and human rights abuses".

For the USA, it was a long-awaited sign of progress for Trump's strategy of trying to enlist Beijing's help to squeeze North Korea diplomatically and economically. In a separate statement to reporters in Manila, North Korea called President Donald Trump's "America First" policy unsafe and said its nuclear program was necessary to avoid a US invasion similar to those in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

The communist state came to Manila for the ASEAN Regional Forum amid a torrent of worldwide criticism over recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles which prompted the UN Security Council to adopt a fresh set of crippling sanctions Saturday.

The country said the missiles had the distance to reach the United States.

Armed with extraordinary new U.N. sanctions, nations raced Monday to ensure that North Korea's biggest trading partners actually carry them out, an elusive task that has undercut past attempts to strong-arm Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear weapons. She says the US rejects any "moral equivalency" implied by that proposal. Trump has said he will not allow Pyongyang to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States. Trump's administration began floating potential plans to punish China for its trade practices in what was widely perceived as a reaction to China's inaction on North Korea.

Top diplomats from Asia-Pacific countries expressed "grave concern" on Tuesday over North Korea's escalation of regional tensions and urged it to comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

So far, outsourcing its North Korea policy to China has not worked for the United States. "After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea".

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