UN Security Council Unanimously Steps Up North Korea Sanctions

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United Nations sanctions on North Korea's important textiles industry are expected to disrupt a business largely based in China and pose compliance headaches for clothing retailers in the United States and around the world.

It is the ninth Security Council resolution to impose sanctions on North Korea, whose nuclear and ballistic missile tests violate previous Security Council directives.

The Reuters news agency reported Monday that the initial USA proposals had been watered down, citing a new version of the draft resolution.

Both China, the patron of North Korea, and Russian Federation, one of its main trading partners, sought to put pressure on the U.S. to agree on not overthrowing the Kim Jong-un regime or to force a reunion of North and South Koreas.

Trump noted the 15-0 United Nations vote during a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, but said they are "just another very small step, not a big deal" and suggested that he doesn't know "if it has any impact".

NIKKI HALEY: Today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.

The U.S. options to further isolate North Korea also call for a partial naval blockade, according to the Guardian. The UN Security Council yesterday unanimously backed new sanctions against Kim Jong-Un's regime, including restrictions on shipments of oil products, drawing an angry response from Pyongyang.

KCNA said in a commentary that the United States was resorting to sanctions and pressure rather than seeking talks.

The final agreement was reached after negotiations between the US and China, the North's ally and major trading partner.

The newspaper said a "dedicated ferry line" was launched between Russia's Far East and North Korea to accommodate heavy traffic. Textiles are one of North Korea's major exports, with a total export value estimated at $750 million in 2016.

Han added that the DPRK is "ready to use a form of ultimate means" adding 'the forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the USA suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history'.

Han did not elaborate, but North Korea frequently vows to destroy the United States.

The U.S. has also dropped its call for council authorization to interdict North Korean vessels, with military force if necessary, when inspecting them for suspected illicit cargo.

A previously circulated version of the U.S. resolution called for a full ban on exports of oil to North Korea and an asset freeze on Kim, the Worker's Party and government of North Korea.

Instead of an all-out oil ban, the resolution limits oil imports into North Korea.

"We're looking at sanctions across the European Union, and of course we're trying to persuade China to keep its neighbour in check".

"If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure", she said.

One source familiar with the situation in Dandong, a city in Liaoning that borders North Korea, said the authorities were already getting tough on smugglers.

Meanwhile, Democrats charged that Trump is exacerbating the increasingly tense standoff with North Korea with his belligerent comments and tweets.

South Korean officials were offended when Trump criticized its official approach of engagement with its northern neighbour as "appeasement". "However, we have been able to acquire whatever we wanted".

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