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N. Korea Leader Praises 'Perfect Success' of Nuclear Test

12 Setiembre 2017
N. Korea Leader Praises 'Perfect Success' of Nuclear Test

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany conducted long-running talks with Iran that led to a 2015 deal for international sanctions to be lifted in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear activities.

The U.N. Security Council is stepping up the pressure on North Korea. "We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing" and instead are taking steps to prevent it "from doing the wrong thing".

Chinese bank officials told Kyodo that this is a result of international sanctions against the North.

The resolution fell short of measures sought by the Trump administration.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection announced Sunday it was ending its emergency radiation monitoring in response to the blast last week, which the North claimed was the successful detonation of a hydrogen bomb.

"In Hoeryong, North Hamgyong Province, gasoline is currently trading at 17,000 won per kilogram and diesel oil at 13,000 won", a source was quoted as saying.

That would mean North Korea imports nearly 2.2 million barrels a year in petroleum products, so the 2 million barrel cap in the resolution would represent a 10 percent cut.

While there is some international scepticism about whether sanctions will help, many scholars say they are a vital part of the mix.

The Kremlin said Putin made the comments in a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on September 11. While the sanctions are set to ban North Korea from importing natural gas liquids, the rogue state has already reacted with a series of threats.

It would also ban new contracts for North Korean workers that are sent abroad.

Despite its limited economic impact, the new sanctions succeed in adding further pressure on Pyongyang without alienating Moscow and Beijing.

It presented the proposals, which represented a departure from what had been military-focused rhetoric from Donald Trump, for a vote of the 15-member council.

China's big four state-owned banks have also stopped providing financial services to new clients from North Korea, according to branch staff.

China has expressed a similar sentiment and has been reluctant to go fully onboard with the U.S. -proposed sanctions resolutions against its major economic partner.

Ri and Hong's roles have also been noted overseas, prompting the United Nations, the United States or South Korea to blacklist them. But an official who was involved at the negotiation said this was, you know, their strategy. It's a thriller of a film, based on Japanese manga, and brilliantly directed by Park Chan-Wook.

"We think we have an understanding", Pompeo said.

Ever since the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed to end the hostilities of the Korean War in 1953, China has greatly relied on North Korea as a buffer zone between itself and the U.S. military forces stationed in South Korea.

British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft described the revised draft as "very robust" and suggested that the changes were aimed at averting a possible veto from Russia or China.

North Korea prepares for a test launch of a mobile nuclear ballistic missile. But former U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill says the concerned that, even with a treaty, the regime can't be trusted not to use its weapons to attack a U.S. ally such as South Korea.

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 28 May, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the test of a new anti-aircraft guided weapon system organised by the Academy of National Defence Science at an undisclosed location.