North Korea hit with new United Nations sanctions after nuclear test

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The unanimous decision was a response to North Korea's latest nuclear test, and is the latest in a long string of sanctions against the secretive state.

The ministry stressed that the proposed sanctions were aimed at undermining North Korea's sovereignty to an extreme level, and added that Pyongyang was closely monitoring United States moves.

"The DPRK is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means", the statement said, referring to the country by its acronym.

"The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the US the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history".

A week ago Haley called for the "strongest possible" sanctions, but after several days of negotiations, Washington dropped several measures to win the support of Russian Federation and China, including a bid for an oil embargo and the blacklisting of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the national airline.

A ban on textiles will not only impact factory workers but also their families who are supported by work in textiles factories, said Green. The US delegation to the UN said in a press release on the evening of September 8 that it had requested that the UN Security Council convene on September 11 to vote on an additional sanctions resolution.

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

However, he said that the United States, South Korea and other parties "should also avoid taking the actions that will further complicate the situation", urging a peaceful solution to the issue.

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South Korea's Blue House said in a statement said it "highly regarded that the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2375 within a short period of time".

But despite the U.S. assessment that these are the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea, some experts said that their impact will only be effective if paired with additional sanctions.

"We hope UNSC members will come to a consensus through full consultations and will send out the voice of unity and solidarity", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at regular press conference Monday. The proposal says the Security Council is committed to restarting six-party talks aimed at negotiating a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

In late August, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean. "They give us a much better chance to halt the regime's ability to fuel and finance its nuclear and missile programs, but we all know these steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively". But it was less the power of Washington, and more that of Beijing and Moscow, that was on display.

The North says it needs nuclear arms to protect itself, but the United States has accused the country of "begging for war".

The draft had also called for a ban on North Korean overseas laborers, but the approved resolution included some caveats.

"The resolution adopted by the security council today reflects this principle of three commitments and demonstrates the unanimous position of the worldwide community of opposing DPRK's development of its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities".

FireEye says it has identified three attacks against South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges that took place between May and July, all of them linked to North Korean hackers. "The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no-return", Haley told the council.

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"The difference here is we have wide-ranging United Nations sanctions that go beyond what we had on Iran", he said.

The revised resolution would condemn "in the strongest terms" the latest nuclear test, which Pyongyang said was of a hydrogen bomb, calling it a "flagrant" violation of previous council resolutions banning all nuclear tests.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after the council vote that it was important to change North Korea's policy by imposing a higher level of pressure on the country than ever before.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently expressed doubt over whether sanctions are an effective means of getting the North to stop its missile and nuclear testing, and China, harbouring similar concerns, has repeatedly hesitated in the past to fully support US sanction plans. "This will cut deep", she said.

"I could imagine such a format being used to end the North Korea conflict". Over the weekend, Angela Merkel pointed to Iran-style nuclear negotiations as a feasible option and one Germany was "prepared to play a very active part in".

He said that both countries "believe there are other things that have to happen, including some that the Trump administration won't like".

The latest United Nations resolution asks countries around the world to inspect ships going in and out of North Korea's ports (a provision put in place by the Security Council in 2009) but does not authorise the use of force for ships that do not comply, as the Donald Trump administration had originally proposed.

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