Trump downplays new UN sanctions on N. Korea

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On Monday, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley cast the new sanctions as a victory and credited Donald Trump's relationship with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as a reason the 15 council members were able to approve the penalties.

North Korea responded to the first bill by saying in a statement on state media that their actions in response to the resolution will "cause the US the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history". "We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing" and instead are taking steps to prevent it "from doing the wrong thing". We are now acting to stop it from having the ability to continue doing the wrong thing.

Meanwhile, Democrats charged that Trump is exacerbating the increasingly tense standoff with North Korea with his belligerent comments and tweets. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking Tuesday at CNBC's Institutional Investor Conference Delivering Alpha, said that the United States has "sent a message that anybody that wanted to trade with North Korea, we consider them not trading with us". It bans United Nations member states from providing additional crude oil in excess of the amount supplied, sold or transferred by such member states in the 12-month period prior to the adoption of Resolution 2375.

The cap on the import of petroleum products could have an impact, but North Korea will still be able to import the same amount of crude oil that it has this year. North Korea detonated a device, which it said was a thermonuclear bomb small enough to fit on a long-range ballistic missile.

The U.S.'s original version would have permitted interdictions and inspections of vessels on the high seas carrying prohibited cargo, authorizing the use of force if necessary to overcome resistance to the inspections.

In a rare move, the parliament addressed the North Korean nuclear issue as an official agenda item, receiving briefings from the EU's foreign policy chief and discussing possible European Union responses.

In June, the USA designated the Bank of Dandong, a regional Chinese bank, as a "primary money laundering concern" over its alleged help to North Korea in accessing the US and worldwide financial systems.

The UNSC unanimously approved a new resolution on sanctions against Pyongyang on September 11.

The new sanctions now include a ban on exports of textiles, one of the most important industries in the country.

But its provisions are a significant climb-down from the very tough sanctions the Trump administration proposed last Tuesday, especially on oil, where a complete ban could have crippled North Korea's economy.

US President Donald Trump played down the new United Nations sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday, saying they are "just another very small step" and "not a big deal". He also called it an illegal resolution. China, supplies most of North Korea's crude oil.

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Russian Federation and China both say they respect UN sanctions and have called on the United States to return to negotiations with North Korea. For that reason, the ambassadors expressed support for the latest sanctions resolution.

The US and its allies argue that tougher sanctions will pile pressure on North Korea to negotiate an end to its weapons programmes but experts are sceptical. For the succession of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the worldwide community needs to see to it that these resolutions are implemented in the right manner.

Guterres also reaffirmed his commitment to work with all parties to reduce tensions and promote a peaceful political solution "and to strengthening communications channels", Dujarric said. The sanctions aim to cripple the North Korean economy as they continue their nuclear testing in the face of President Donald Trump's threats and other worldwide objections.

Analysts said a full oil embargo on Pyongyang could destabilise the country. Thus, these enhanced measures were removed from the final version of Resolution 2375.

"We must expand and enforce sanctions against Kim Jong-un's regime", said Senator Chris Van Hollen, who introduced the second bill, the Banking Restrictions Involving North Korea Act, in a statement released by his office.

Billingslea focused in particular on how the North masks exports of coal that were banned in August after it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles. China and Russian Federation reportedly voted for the sanctions after they were softened. North Korean textile products can be easily re-labeled to hide their source.

The UN resolution was triggered by North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test this month, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb.

They acknowledged there had not been sufficient evidence that past sanctions had worked, but insisted the administration would work for a better result this time.

The test aggravated the already tense situation on the Korean peninsula even further.

In short, Security Council Resolution 2375 continues to kick the can down the road.

Seoul started collecting radioactive nuclides and increased its radiation monitoring level following Pyongyang's nuclear test, according to numerous reports from the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and unsafe to the United States", in one tweet and "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.

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