North Korea threatens to strike with 'absolute force' as drills continue

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Agosto 23, 2017

The Treasury Department says North Korea generates about a billion dollars a year from coal exports and singled out three Chinese companies, which it says imported nearly half a billion dollars in North Korean coal between 2013 and 2016. "If we see that they are not being implemented, then we will again continue to go after those entities ourselves".

His comments followed weeks of ratcheting tension, with U.S. President Donald Trump suggesting military action against the North.

"It's really forcing firms to decide are you going to deal with these shady North Korea financial institutions or firms or do you care more about having access to the USA market", said Boydston. "As long as the US hostile policy and nuclear threat remains unchallenged, the DPRK will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiating table".

The new sanctions are the latest in a raft of blacklists issued in recent months to punish Chinese and Russian companies that try to evade global efforts to isolate North Korea.

She made the remark hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signalled that talks with the North might be possible "in the near future".

These sanctions are a result of the adoption, on 6 August the security Council of the united nations, on the proposal of the United States, the resolution 2371 aimed to remove revenue from exports to north Korean, in particular in the sectors of coal, iron and fishing.

Speaking at a rally in Arizona Wednesday, Trump claimed Kim was "starting to respect us".

"I think it's important to take note of that", Tillerson said.

"We hope this is the signal we have been looking for, that they are ready to restrain provocative acts".

North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests since the beginning of a year ago, significantly raising tension on the heavily militarized Korean peninsula and in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Donald Trumps hints at easing of tension with North Korea.

"And you see what's going on in North Korea", Trump said.

North Korea's military threatened Tuesday that it is ready to stage "ruthless" retaliation against South Korea and the United States over their ongoing joint military exercises.

The North added that its missiles are primed for launch as it monitors South Korean and US military activities to deliver a "torrential rainfall of punishment" and warned that the USA would "bear total responsibility for the aftermath of destruction".

The restrictions were the third set of sanctions imposed on North Korea in the past 18 months in an effort to halt the country's push to develop its nuclear- and ballistic-missile capabilities.

"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", he said.

The US Treasury Department on Tuesday said it was imposing economic sanctions on more than a dozen Chinese and Russian individuals and firms for doing business with North Korea's government.

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