UN aims more sanctions at North Korea

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The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Saturday unanimously backed a resolution tightening sanctions against North Korea due to its ballistic missile activities, as broadcast by the press service of the United Nations. The 15 countries of the Security Council will have before them a text written by the U.S., which proposes a significant tightening of sanctions on Pyongyang, Efe news reported.

The resolution would ban DRPK's exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. They would also ban "the opening of new joint ventures or cooperative entities with" North Korea, and cap the number of North Koreans working in other countries at current levels.

Trump has raged at China for not doing more in the face of increased North Korean missile testing.

"The move is a dirty scheme aimed at limiting human exchanges to prevent US citizens from seeing North Korea as it is and a failure of its hostile policy".

The United States spent weeks following the initial ICBM launch negotiating the text with China, North Korea's neighbor and ally. The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska.

Commenting on the US call to downgrade diplomatic ties or isolate Pyongyang for its missile tests, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said it is studying how to downgrade because it does not have much engagement with them. The ministers traditionally issue a communique containing their diverse concerns, and their issuance of a separate statement on North Korea's missile tests and nuclear weapons program reflects their deep worries about the issue.

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In early July, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the Security Council that if it was united, the global community could cut off major sources of hard currency to North Korea, restrict oil to its military and weapons programs, increase air and maritime restrictions, and hold senior officials accountable. Critics, however, say the framework serves only as a brief outline of previously agreed principles and fails to mention concerns over China's newly built islands or an arbitration ruling a year ago that invalidated Beijing's claims to virtually all of the South China Sea.

"This reflects Washington's view that it regards us as an enemy", a ministry spokesperson said as quoted by the Korean Central News Agency.

According to the diplomat, coal has been North Korea's largest export, earning $1.2 billion past year which was then restricted by the Security Council to a maximum $400 million.

Haley told Cabrera the sanctions marked "a new day at the United Nations". Additional sanctions target the DPRK's arms smuggling, joint ventures with foreign companies, banks, and other sources of revenue.

People watch a TV broadcast of a news report on North Korea firing what appeared to be several land-to-ship missiles off its east coast, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, June 8, 2017.

Trump acknowledged the sharp worsening of the crucial relationship between Russian Federation and United States and blamed lawmakers for forcing his hand on sanctions.

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