North Korea sanctions: UN council unanimously agrees on new measures

US Weakens Resolution on North Korea to Gain Chinese and Russian Support

The measures were approved unanimously Monday.

The resolution - in the wake of Pyongyang's sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion - bans North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates.

That could be a significant restriction.

Instead, annual crude oil supplies are capped at current levels - China is believed to supply around four million barrels a year through a pipeline, while deliveries of refined oil products such as gasoline and diesel are limited to two million barrels a year.

David von Hippel, an energy expert with the Nautilus Institute think tank who has done extensive research on North Korea, said he doubts that oil sanctions will hit the regime very hard. "But further upriver, where press intrusion and interest tends not to be there, we haven't seen the same degree of energetic enforcement".

He said North Korean bank representatives still operate in Russia in "flagrant disregard" of UN resolutions that Moscow voted for. A new arms race now threatens to undermine China's grand plans to ease the US out of North East Asia and dominate regional security.

In case the U.S. eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful "resolution" on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the U.S. pays due price.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis last week to step up the imposition of U.S. sanctions on Chinese entities that help enable North Korea's illicit activities, according to a column carried in the Monday edition of The Washington Post.

Pyongyang has staged a series of missile tests in recent months that appeared to bring much of the US mainland into range. Nearly 80 percent of the textile exports went to China.

One metric ton is roughly equal to roughly seven barrels of crude oil.

Many soldiers are used as a labor force to compensate for the ineffective North Korean economy, so the army is not only about military organization.

For sure, the new measures will cause Pyongyang more economic pain.

That was despite a more forceful diplomatic tone on the crisis and warnings on the scale and immediacy of the threat from U.S. President Donald Trump's new ambassador to NATO, France's defence minister and the alliance's deputy head. Certainly the other members of the UNSC - Russia, China, England, and France - do not particularly want to pull out of that agreement, notwithstanding the US wants to do. I ask him if he means the dictator's physical elimination; he demurs - suggesting that, he says, would be going too far.

We have long reported that Russia was increasing its trade with North Korea as China began to reduce flows per the request of President Trump in the face of Kim Jong-un's nuclear weapon development and ballistic missile tests.

On Tuesday, frustrated U.S. lawmakers called on Tuesday for a "supercharged" response to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, saying Washington should act alone if necessary to stiffen sanctions on companies from China and any country doing business with Pyongyang.

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