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13 Setiembre 2017, 04:11 | Crisanna Felipe
Caught between Trump and Kim, Japan is nervous and alone
The United States, which has proposed an oil embargo and a freeze on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's assets, among other punitive steps against the country, has requested the 15-member Security Council to vote on the resolution on Monday.
South Korea's government earlier saidNorth Korea could potentially mark the 69th founding anniversary with its third test of a developmental intercontinental ballistic missile.
USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said her country was not looking for war with North Korea, but the sanctions would "cut deep".
The UNSC is set to deliberate on the resolution drafted by the USA on Monday, and Washington and Beijing are said to be wrangling over clauses that would limit the supply of oil to North Korea. "If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it", Haley added.
An editorial in China's influential Global Times warned after Pyongyang's latest nuclear test that cutting off North Korea's oil would redirect the conflict to one between North Korea and China.
North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on September 9 past year, and then carried out a sixth a week ago, saying it was a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a missile - prompting global condemnation and calls for further sanctions.
The new sanctions ban 90 percent of North Korea's publicly-reported exports and cap the amount of oil the country is able to import, according to a USA official familiar with the negotiations.
One unnamed source claimed that "effectual" measures for controlling the oil supply are likely to be included, while another was quoted as saying that China and Russian Federation were considered unlikely to exercise their rights to veto a resolution. But it caps imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months, and it limits the import of refined petroleum products to 2 million barrels a year, the AP said.
The sanctions also prohibit nations from authorizing new work permits to North Korean citizens around the world.
The ministry noted that in March North Korea was ordered to halve the number of diplomats at its Lima embassy, from six to three.
I mean USA officials say at least the resolution gives them some new tools to crack down on smuggling - again, not as stringent as originally proposed. "If North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure". "They'd rather do business with us than North Korea".
"I understand that many of these banks have significant operations in the United States and that there would be consequences to our economy", Royce said.
Pointing out that the North doesn't only want to be accepted as a nuclear power and to end sanctions, Mollman reveals its true aim is "to rule the Korean Peninsula, and rid it of foreign forces".
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China's United Nations ambassador, Liu Jieyi, called for a resumption of negotiations "sooner rather than later".
Russia's Permanent Representative Vassily Alekseevich Nebenzia said that a refusal to include proposals for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to mediate or to disavow regime change "raised serious questions".
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