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Russian Federation and China back United Nations sanctions against North Korea

Russian Federation and China back United Nations sanctions against North Korea

On Monday the UN Security Council unanimously voted to boost sanctions on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned and fuel supplies capped, prompting a traditionally defiant threat of retaliation against the United States.

China, which is estimated to account for roughly 90% of North Korea's foreign trade, has been repeatedly criticized by experts for not doing enough to implement previous United Nations sanctions.

President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at the Pentagon.

The US has still not ruled out a military option to halt North Korea's nuclear development, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

"I don't know if it has any impact, but certainly it was nice to get a 15 to nothing vote", Trump said Tuesday during a meeting with the Malaysian prime minister. "Another problem is that, if both North and South Korea obtain nuclear arsenals, it could cause nuclear weapons to spread in Northeast Asia", Lee said.

Textiles were North Korea's second-biggest export after coal and other minerals in 2016, totaling $752 million. The North Korean regime has not passed the point of no return ...

Billingslea said the United States is "capable of tracking North Korea's trade on banned goods... and we will act even if China does not".

North Korea said its September 3 test was of an advanced hydrogen bomb and it was its most powerful nuclear blast by far.

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"The forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the U.S. suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history", the ambassador added.

"We have also made clear that if China and Russian Federation do not act, we will use the tools we have at our disposal". But slashing shipments of refined petroleum by more than half likely will impose some restriction on North Korea's military activity, if the limits are strictly enforced.

"My delegation condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the latest illegal and unlawful U.N. Security Council resolution", Pyongyang's ambassador, Han Tae Song, told the U.N. -sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

In addition, the UNSC empowered countries to inspect ships going in and out of North Korea's ports but did not authorize the use of force to conduct such searches as the Trump administration had originally proposed.

North Korea remained defiant on Wednesday, saying it would "redouble" its efforts to defend itself against the U.S. after the UN Security Council agreed upon fresh sanctions against the isolated nation a day earlier.

He called on anyone aware of efforts to enable North Korean trade to come forward before getting caught.

North Korea said the resolution was fabricated by the United States which was employing all sorts of despicable and vicious means and methods against it.

It's already yielding some successes, she said, pointing to the Philippines announcing it will cut all trade, and other countries, including Mexico and Egypt, taking steps to scale back links to Pyongyang. "We are not looking for war", Ms Haley said.