Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

United States calls for UN vote Monday on increased North Korea sanctions

United States calls for UN vote Monday on increased North Korea sanctions

The United States has suggested a new range of United Nations sanctions on North Korea including the oil ban, overseas employment ban for North Koreans and North Korean Leader, Kim Jong Un asset freeze, according to BBC.

The United States has formally requested that the U.N. Security Council hold a vote Monday on a draft resolution imposing fresh sanctions on North Korea in response to the communist nation's sixth nuclear test, a news report said Saturday.

North Korea claimed it tested a hydrogen bomb capable of being fit onto an intercontinental ballistic missile, sparking condemnation from the global community.

The new push could potentially cause a rift with China, North Korea's ally and trading partner, as well as with Russian Federation.

It also wants to ban North Korean labourers from working overseas mostly in Russia's Far East and China.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called the nuclear risk in North Korea the most risky crisis in the world today, told reporters Tuesday that "the unity of the Security Council is absolutely crucial". Beijing and Moscow have called for a resolution that focuses on a political solution and have proposed a freeze-for-freeze that would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the USA and South Korea halting their joint military exercises - an initiative rejected by the Trump administration.

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"My sense is they believe that they don't have time for a delicate diplomatic dance", Professor Joseph DeThomas of Pennsylvania State University, a former US ambassador and State Department official who dealt with North Korea, told the Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday. "The other possibility.is they want to see the color of China's money".

The Trump administration is prepared to offer a resolution on Monday before the UN Security Council that would ban all imports of oil to North Korea as well as prevent any textile exports. On Thursday, Wang Yi, China's foreign minister stated that the Security Council should be "taking necessary measures" and that "sanctions and pressure are only half of the key to resolving the issue".

China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi cut short a visit with other council envoys to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa to return to NY and take part in negotiations on the draft text.

Both Russia and China proposed that the US and South Korea stop their military drills that trigger the anger of North Korea.

Apparently, Kim harbors the delusion that his nuclear missiles are going to cow the United States into abandoning its allies in the Pacific and South Asia - a result that would delight the Chinese, although they are rational enough to know it won't happen. The US and South Korea rejected the proposal.

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