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U.S. softens North Korea resolution ahead of United Nations vote

U.S. softens North Korea resolution ahead of United Nations vote

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization said it was another breach of the accepted norm against nuclear testing respected by 183 countries since 1996.

Republican Rep. Ed Royce, the committee chairman, said efforts by the USA and its allies to counter the threat from North Korea nuclear and missile programs should be "super-charged".

US President Donald Trump is likely to make a stop in China in November during his first official visit to Asia, a US official said on Tuesday, a trip that will come amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear tests. There have been only two cities (Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan) bombed with nuclear weapons during World War II on August 6 and August 9, 1945.

"The forthcoming measures. will make the United States suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history", North Korea's Ambassador to the UN Han Tae Song said on Tuesday.

Russian smugglers are illicitly supplying North Korea with contraband energy and goods, evading sanctions and ignoring concerns about the isolated Asian country's nuclear tests, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Royce's committee has written a letter to the Trump administration listing large Chinese entities ripe for sanctions, including the Chinese Agricultural Bank and the China Merchant Bank, Rogin wrote.

"While bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges may seem like odd targets for nation state actors interested in funding state coffers, some of the other illicit endeavours North Korea pursues further demonstrate interest in conducting financial crime on the regime's behalf", the firm said.

Merkel backs tougher UN sanctions against North Korea call with Putin
Significantly, it stopped short of imposing a full embargo on oil exports to North Korea , most of which come from China. She urged the Security Council to aggressively pursue all the diplomatic measures with North Korea before it is too late.

That included a June 29 designation of the Bank of Dandong, a regional Chinese bank, which is believed to help North Korea access the US and worldwide financial systems.

The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie says Beijing is treading a fine line and wants sanctions tough enough to signal its displeasure to Pyongyang and avoid American accusations of complicity, but not so tough as to threaten North Korea's survival.

The Security Council stopped short of imposing a total oil import ban, freezing the assets of leader Kim Jong Un or slapping him with a travel ban, as the Trump administration initially wanted. That is roughly equal to the 520,000 tons estimated by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) as the amount China is sending to the North via pipelines between Dandong and Sinuiju.

The resolution adopted today will significantly reduce North Korea's oil imports, bans North Korea from importing natural gas and exporting textiles, and restricts the number of labourers from North Korea that will be able to work overseas and generate income for the regime.

China's United Nations ambassador, Liu Jieyi, called for a resumption of negotiations "sooner rather than later".

The video shows the military practicing missile launching during a joint exercise with USA forces in Pohang, South Korea. He called on North Korea to "take seriously" the will of the global community to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development.

The US has called the proposal insulting.


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