Nearly meeting the USA wishes, the United Nations Security Council has approved new sanctions aimed at punishing North Korea for its latest missile and nuclear tests, thus causing the U.S.to win support from Russian Federation and China.
- bans textile exports from North Korea and any country to issue new work permits to North Korean workers.
Instead, the resolution includes a cap on how much oil North Korea can import annually, watered down to get China's support.
It was the ninth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member Council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes. So far, there is no indication that the United States is interested in such talks.
If there was any doubt about America's reduced global standing, the North Korean crisis provides some troubling evidence.
In a statement on a possible ramping up of sanctions, North Korea's foreign ministry promised moves that would "cause the United States the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history".
"On this scale of threats, intimidation and insults it's probably just par for the course from North Korea", Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday.
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Seoul estimated the blast's yield at 50 kilotons, more than three times the size of the bomb detonated over Hiroshima in 1945. Earlier, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke with President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin .
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has also urged a peaceful resolution of the standoff, calling on the U.S. to take concrete actions to deescalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
He again raised the Chinese and Russian proposal of a dual suspension of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile testing along with United States and South Korean military exercises in a bid to kick-start talks.
The agency called Haley "a political prostitute" and dismissed as "rubbish" her comments at an emergency Security Council meeting Monday following the latest nuclear test that the DPRK is "begging for a war". "The other possibility.is they want to see the color of China's money". "It remains on the table at the Security Council and we will insist on it being considered".
One missile test-fired by North Korea was said to be able to reach parts of the USA mainland. The new U.S. draft proposal suggests for a total ban on supplying various oil products to North Korea as well as a ban on their textile industry export.
■ According to a recent study by the Nautilus Institute think tank, a massive cutback in the flow of oil from China would definitely hurt the North Korean economy, and especially average citizens.
Geng also urged a renewal of talks with North Korea, in keeping with longstanding Chinese policy, and said Beijing opposed unilateral measures such as those imposed by the USA that would punish Chinese persons or entities without a United Nations mandate.