Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

United Nations security council to bring fresh sanctions against North Korea over missiles

United Nations security council to bring fresh sanctions against North Korea over missiles

Just hours before the meetings were due to start, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to back a US-drafted resolution to dramatically tighten the existing sanctions targeting North Korea.

Even as the top U.S. diplomat seeks to ratchet up the pressure, he threw an olive branch to North Korea during remarks to the press on Tuesday: "We hope that at some point, they will begin to understand that and that we would like to sit and have a dialogue with them about the future that will give them the security they seek", he said.

A few hours later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Trump commended the Security Council for its action and appreciated the cooperation of China and Russian Federation in passing the resolution. China is central to this drive and is the focus of other administration efforts - and some frustration, mostly displayed in tweets by President Donald Trump.

Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, stressed in an interview that aired earlier in the day that it is "impossible to overstate the danger" posed by North Korea. "This was a strong day in the UN, it was a strong day for the United States and it was a strong day for the global community".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to build pressure on North Korea after securing a new round of United Nations sanctions as he launched into two days of high-level diplomacy on Sunday.

According to a United Nations factsheet, the resolution bans the purchase of North Korean exports of coal, iron ore, seafood and lead.

China's representative to the U.N., Liu Jieyi, said North Korea needed to "cease taking actions that might further escalate tensions", Reuters reported. It would also prohibit countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korea's labourers working overseas, ban new joint ventures with Pyongyang and any new investment in current joint ventures.

But Liu also criticized the USA, calling for dismantlement of a missile defense system it has begun installing in South Korea, which China also regards as counterproductive.

Even as Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson signaled recently that the US did not want to pick a fight with Kim and was not interested in regime change, the USA military tested an intercontinental ballistic missile and conducted military drills with South Korea.

Tillerson was later expected to see Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and China's Wang Yi - both key players in the North Korean nuclear standoff.

"It hasn't worked. So we're doing more of the same", he says.

Resolution 2371 (2017) includes the strongest sanctions ever imposed in response to a ballistic missile test.

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