UN Security Council set to vote on North Korea sanctions

North Korea 'secretly helped by Iran to gain nuclear weapons', British officials fear

North Korea 'secretly helped by Iran to gain nuclear weapons', British officials fear

The UN Security Council was scheduled to vote Monday on a draft resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea after the United States toned down its demands in a bid to win support from Russian Federation and China.

The resolution - in the wake of Pyongyang's sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion - bans North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates. And the new measure adds a caveat to the original language that would have banned the import of North Korean laborers altogether, saying that countries should not provide work authorization papers unless necessary for humanitarian assistance or denuclearization.

The statement said that the forthcoming measures to be taken by North Korea will cause the United States the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history.

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Merkel told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper on Sunday she was ready to become involved in a diplomatic initiative to end the North Korean nuclear and missiles program, and suggested the Iran nuclear talks could be a model.

"Today we are saying that that the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea".

China, the North's lone major ally, may be most critical though in deciding if oil sanctions go ahead because it controls an oil pipeline that industry sources say provides about 520,000 tonnes of crude a year to the North.

After its late-August missile launch over US ally Japan, President Donald Trump said "all options are on the table" when it comes to any response.

The draft resolution, in final form, has taken out the travel and assets ban against Kim Jong Un, which would have been the first time that the North Korean leader was personally named in a resolution.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, China supplies most of North Korea's crude oil imports, which a U.S. official put at 4 million barrels a year. The country said it had tested an advanced hydrogen bomb. It would retain a proposed ban on textile exports, while diluting a ban on the use of guest workers from the isolated country and dropping proposals to freeze the assets of Kim and national airline Air Koryo, the diplomat said. "And also helpful to solve the North Korea issue peacefully", Geng said.

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Textiles were North Korea's second-biggest export after coal and other minerals in 2016, totaling $752m, according to data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.

Still, Monday's 15-0 U.N. Security Council vote - for increased restrictions on oil and money not quite as tough as originally proposed by the us - was an important display of worldwide angst regarding North Korea's recently aggressive missile tests. The September 3 detonation was the country's largest and prompted global outrage, with the UN Security Council set to discuss a new draft resolution presented by Washington that would be the toughest-ever imposed against the isolated regime.

Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Fallon said: "We're doing now what we can to bring about a diplomatic solution".

Beijing and Moscow have urged the United States to suspend its joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for a North Korea nuclear freeze, but the USA representative to the U.N. dismissed the proposal as insulting.

"But clear is the fact that the more recklessly the US resorts to irrational sanctions, pressure and military threats to the DPRK, the more rapidly the defense capability of Juche Korea will develop beyond the world's imagination".

"It's important to change North Korea's policy through pressure that is stronger than they've ever seen", said Abe.

"It is a tragedy that the USA and its lackeys are still pinning hope on sanctions and military option", it said.

"If China and others continue to help North Korea evade sanctions, they should not do business in the United States anymore".

"We are facing not a regional but a global threat, not a virtual but an immediate threat, not a serious but an existential threat", Francois Delattre, the French envoy to the United Nations said after the vote.

Enforcement of the textile ban along North Korea's 1,400-km (870 mile) border with China - where goods are sometimes smuggled across, often on boats at night - could be challenging, North Korea experts say.

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