UN Security Council steps up North Korea sanctions

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The US had initially proposed a complete oil embargo and also said that the foreign accounts of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un should be frozen.

Monday's resolution added just Workers' Party of Korea Central Military Commission member Pak Yong Sik, the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, the party's Organization and Guidance Department and its Propaganda and Agitation Department to the sanctions list.

"We have not had the resolve to put these sanctions on those major institutions", Royce was quoted as saying.

"So we have to basically cut the North Koreans off economically, diplomatically and financially", the expert said.

"As the Chinese cut off oil and gas, we're seeing [North Korea] turn to Russia", The Washington Post quoted an unnamed senior USA official with knowledge of alleged Russian smuggling into North Korea as saying on Monday.

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

Lawmakers who spoke Tuesday supported the U.S. pressure tactics, while voicing skepticism that North Korea could be forced into abandon nuclear weapons it regards as a guarantee of survival for the Kim dynasty.

On Tuesday, frustrated US lawmakers called on Tuesday for a "supercharged" response to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, saying Washington should act alone if necessary to stiffen sanctions on companies from China and any country doing business with Pyongyang.

Rep. Eliot Engel, the committee's top-ranking Democrat, supported the pressure campaign but strongly criticized President Donald Trump's commentary on the North Korean crisis, which he said was making matters worse.

North Korea is "ready to use a form of ultimate means", Han said.

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"But in the end, we are letting North Korea acquire this (nuclear missile capability) because we are taking the military option off the table".

"The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return", she said.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement that the unanimous adoption of the sanctions showed the global community is "united against the illegal and reckless acts by the North Korean regime". The United States has said that a previous rounds of sanctions agreed in August were aimed at cutting North Korea's $3 billion in exports by a third.

"The US should implement its proposal for inspections of North Korea-related vessels, including boarding on the high seas, through the creation of a group of like-minded countries (South Korea, Japan, Australia, UK, France and Germany) committed to reducing North Korea's revenue and prohibited activities", he said.

A North Korean ambassador slammed the new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang and vowed that the U.S. "will soon feel the greatest pain" it has ever experienced.

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The sanctions and pressure racket of the U.S.to completely obliterate the DPRK's sovereignty and right to existence is reaching an extremely reckless phase.

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