UN SC toughens sanctions against North Korea

23 December, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
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The United States has led the drive at the Security Council to tighten sanctions aimed at piling pressure on Kim's regime to come to the negotiating table.

The UN Security Council on Saturday morning (NZ time) unanimously voted for new sanctions on North Korea, citing its latest missile tests.

The resolution seeks to ban almost 90 percent of refined petroleum product exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and, in what diplomats said was a last-minute change, demands the repatriation of North Koreans working overseas within 24 months, instead of 12 months as first proposed.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said after the vote that "the unity this council has shown in leveling these unprecedented sanctions is a reflection of the global outrage at the Kim regime's actions".

The sanctions, passed on Friday, include a ban on almost 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea. Also included in the sanctions was a ban on exports of North Korean goods.

Washington has been imposing sanctions on the country since 2008, banning the export of goods and services to the country, with little effect.

The sanctions proposed by the U.S. include capping exports of kerosene, gasoline and other refined petroleum products to North Korea at 500,000 barrels a year from January.

North Korea, she said, is "this most tragic example of evil in the modern world".

The previous sanctions resolution was adopted on September 11 in response o North Korea's sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion on September 3.

A total of 16 North Korean officials, most of whom work in banking, were added to the United Nations sanctions blacklist along with the North Korean ministry of the people's armed forces, which manages logistics for the army.

Speaking at the fifth Workers' Party cell chairs conference in Pyongyang the previous day, Kim reportedly said that the North has achieved the historic task of completing its nuclear force and urged the chairs to break down USA sanctions and do their best to realize the party's major tasks.

The forced repatriation of foreign workers would also cut off vital sources of foreign currency and investment not only for the government but also for North Korea's emerging market economy, he said. It requires all countries to send North Korean workers and safety monitors home by the end of 2019.



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