U.S. determined to have United Nations vote Monday on N.Korea sanctions: diplomats

According to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, an expert panel on North Korea for the UN Security Council reported that Pyongyang earned over 270 million dollars, or 300 billion won, of foreign currency by selling coal, iron and zinc to China, despite a UN resolution banning North Korean exports of those resources late past year.

The United States called on the U.N. Security Council to vote on increased sanctions against North Korea after its most recent nuclear test. The draft with the proposed penalties has already circulated the council members on Wednesday.

USA officials have said they want tough sanctions to maximize pressure on Pyongyang to agree to negotiations aimed at ending its nuclear and missile tests.

Washington has presented a draft United Nations resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea, an assets freeze on Kim Jong-Un, a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers.

Moreover, South Korea Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said that North Korean leader is likely to launch another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) "on September 9".

Russian Federation doesn't believe sanctions are working, and President Vladimir Putin fears that cutting of the oil supply could hurt the North Korean people.

KOMID may be linked with the development of ballistic missiles and chemical weapons.

"We can say we have suspended trade relations with North Korea", Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano told reporters after a meeting with the United States ambassador on cooperation on an anti-drugs program.

Several diplomats say the United States demand for a speedy council vote is aimed at putting maximum pressure on China.

The International community condemned North Korea for testing the hydrogen bomb on August 27, marking the sixth time the isolated state has tested a nuclear weapon.

Penn State's DeThomas agreed with unity of the Security Council being an important compotent, but noted that "a very watered down approach" would likely not be accepted by the USA administration. "If we start breaking crockery diplomatically, I don't see how you get anywhere without the Russians and Chinese - especially the Chinese".

Mexico has given North Korea's ambassador 72 hours to leave the country, though Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray later said it had not broken off diplomatic ties.

The U.S. demand for the Security Council to take swift action was viewed as a clear gauge of how seriously the Trump administration views the situation in North Korea.

  • Rogelio Becker