Monday's decision was the eighth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member Security Council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.
Putin reminded South Korea, a strong ally of the US, that stopping oil exports to the North would instead hurt ordinary North Koreans by disrupting hospitals and other civilian facilities. But as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley put it this week, "there is no more road left".
"If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future. if North Korea continues its risky path, we will continue with further pressure", said Haley, who credited a "strong relationship" between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping for the successful resolution negotiations. The transactions took place during the most recent six-month monitoring period that ended August 31.
South Korea is watching its northern neighbor closely this weekend over concerns that it may test another missile or conduct another nuclear test that would coincide with the 69th anniversary of its founding.
The psycho state did not explain what "dear price" it would pay, but it is expected to launch another long-range missile later today.
USA disarmament ambassador Robert Wood took the floor to say that the Security Council resolution "frankly sent a very clear and unambiguous message to the regime that the worldwide community is exhausted, is no longer willing to put up provocative behaviour from this regime". The U.S. has already sanctioned some Chinese entities doing business with North Korea, with little result. "We need to consider [redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons] as one way of doing that", he suggested.
"The new United Nations sanctions on oil exports to North Korea are relatively moderate in scope compared to the original US proposal regarding oil exports, and would be unlikely to have much impact on the operations of the North Korean military", he said. "If we do use it on North Korea, it will be a very sad day for North Korea", he said.
But the biggest risk of any military strike against North Korea is the "Seoul problem". "I think so", he said. North Koreans invariably mention the former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. It retains language reaffirming support for long-stalled six-party talks with that goal involving North Korea, the U.S., Russia, China, Japan and South Korea. "Stop all energy exports so people freeze and ambulances have no fuel to reach the sick?" asks Georgy Toloraya, a Russian diplomat who spent many years in North Korea.
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South Korean Nuclear Safety and Security Commission experts detected xenon radionuclides in air samples collected in the country after North Korea's latest nuclear test, according to a statement made by the commission on Friday.
North Korea was condemned globally for its latest nuclear test on September 3, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb.
South Korea's envoy Cho Tae-yul said sanctions are the only option to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.
However, North Korea did not issue a response immediately after the adoption of the latest resolution.
China's United Nations ambassador, Liu Jieyi, said Beijing has been making "unremitting efforts" to denuclearize and maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
There has been no sign the White House, which has been cool to the idea of talks and hopes that pressure can change the North's calculus, is ready to settle for a containment strategy.
All this is unfolding as Russia's relations with Washington have plummeted amid allegations of interference in the USA elections, sanctions and tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions.