North Korea could face strictest sanctions ever in United Nations vote Monday
Sep 10 2017
The United States called for a vote Monday on a U.N. resolution that would impose the toughest-ever sanctions on North Korea, a move that could lead to a showdown with the country's biggest trading partner China and its neighbor Russian Federation.
In reference to the United Nations vote, Japan is pushing for strong oil sanctions, while the USA wants to ban textile exports and shut down the hiring of North Korean guest workers in other countries.
A brief statement from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations late Friday said: "This evening, the United States informed the U.N. Security Council that it intends to call a meeting to vote on a draft resolution to establish additional sanctions on North Korea on Monday, September 11".
The draft resolution includes a full ban on exports of oil to North Korea, a full ban on textile imports from North Korea, a ban on North Korean labourers generating earnings overseas, and the asset freeze, which will also target members of the ruling worker's party, the diplomat said, calling it a "hard-hitting, ambitious resolution", CNN reported. North Korea detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb on Sunday which it said was a hydrogen device, and may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as Saturday, the anniversary of its founding.
The proposed raft of sanctions would be the toughest-ever imposed on North Korea.
Russian Federation doesn't believe sanctions are working, and President Vladimir Putin fears that cutting of the oil supply could hurt the North Korean people.
Several diplomats say the United States demand for a speedy council vote is aimed at putting maximum pressure on 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.
China will support further United Nations action if it helps restart dialogue with North Korea, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.
"The US intent is so strong on this issue and clearly they are throwing a lot at this", said a Security Council diplomat. A senior administration official later told reporters that the US won't let North Korea extort or threaten the world with its nuclear programme, and that the administration isn't sure the country could be deterred.
He added, "To get the situation contained without war is going to be really hard, and that's if we've got our diplomacy right", he said.