UN to vote on watered-down new sanctions against North Korea

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The new sanctions imposed unanimously by the UN Security Council Monday ban North Korean textile exports and restrict shipments of oil products.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country itself is facing a heavy weight under global sanctions for annexing Crimea in 2014, has previously argued that sanctions against North Korea are not effective in halting the Kim regime's missile and nuclear programs.

Ri Hong-sop, head of North Korea's nuclear weapons institute, and Hong Sung-mu, deputy director of the munitions industry department attended the celebration.KCNA said on Sunday the scientists and technicians "brought the great auspicious event in national history, an extra-large event through the flawless success in the test of H-bomb".

"We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing, we are now trying to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing", she added.

The US had originally demanded a total ban on oil supplies to the North. "If North Korea continues its risky path, we will continue with further pressure".

The news came as South Korea conducted its latest live fire drills with the United States military on Tuesday, in a display of military might featuring tanks and helicopters.

Joint ventures will be banned and the names of senior North Korean official and three entities were added to a United Nations sanctions blacklist that provides for an assets freeze and a global travel ban. For example, they restrict the amount of money that North Korean workers can go and earn overseas and send back to the North Korean regime. The document, prepared by the USA delegation, was supported by all Security Council members, including Russian Federation and China.

It also repeated its call for a "peaceful resolution" instead of a military response, adding: "China will never allow the peninsula to descend into war and chaos".

Washington has led the worldwide drive to punish the rogue state after it detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear device earlier this month.

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If Washington goes ahead with the vote, North Korea said it will "absolutely" make sure the country "pay due price", adding it was ready and willing to use "any form of ultimate means" that will force the world to see how it "tames the USA gangsters by taking series of action tougher than they have ever envisaged".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after the council vote that it was important to change North Korea's policy by imposing a higher level of pressure on the country than ever before.

Whatever final text was adopted, she hoped it would "have significant consequences in terms of greater economic pressure on North Korea". The new watered-down sanctions resolution is also set to ban all textile exports, the main source of hard currency for North Korea.

The import of refined petroleum products is also limited. If the resolution is passed, North Korea "is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means" in response, the ministry said. It said the USA would pay a heavy price if the sanctions proposed by Washington are adopted.

Monday's resolution was the ninth one unanimously adopted by the United Nations since 2006.

"Our deep belief is that only a firm reaction of the council can open the path towards a political solution to this crisis". "We must do that by cutting off the fuel and the funding that supports it".

North Korea, who long has had a blustery rhetoric towards the USA has ramped up its missile and nuclear weapons tests this year.

3 September: North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb that could be miniaturised and loaded on a long-range missile.

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