Japan backs United States bid for fresh sanctions against North Korea


A statement from North Korea's foreign ministry published on the state-controlled KCNA news agency threatened the US should the sanctions be approved.

Diplomats said China's United Nations ambassador, Liu Jieyi, who was on a Security Council trip to Ethiopia, flew back to NY on Thursday to take part in negotiations.

Still, Trump said, "Those sanctions are nothing compared to ultimately what will have to happen".

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously imposed a fresh set of sanctions against North Korea on September 11 over the country's sixth and most powerful nuclear test which was conducted on September 3.

The UN Security Council is expected to vote on the United States led resolution later today, following North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date on September 3. The resolution would ensure a depletion in imports of refined petroleum products to 2 million barrels a year, a ban on textile exports and strengthening of inspections of ships that are believed to be carrying cargo in breach of sanctions. Last Tuesday, the U.S. circulated a draft resolution proposing a ban on all oil and natural gas exports to the country and a freeze on all foreign financial assets of the government and its leader, Kim Jong-un.

He again raised the Chinese and Russian proposal of a dual suspension of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile testing along with US and South Korean military exercises in a bid to kick-start talks. But the detected xenon-133 is a radioactive isotope that does not occur naturally and which has been linked to North Korea's nuclear tests in the past.

"North Korea is on a reckless path", she said.

After a number of last minute compromises, China and Russian Federation went on to support the latest round of sanctions against Pyongyang Monday.

Military action would mark a 'sad day for North Korea'
The decision came three days after the communist North staged its latest and possibly most powerful nuclear test so far on Sunday. Meanwhile, the USA is still unwavering in its threat to cut off trade with any nation doing business with North Korea.

North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations spoke about the sanctions, saying he categorically rejected them.

It would add the name of North Korean senior official Pak Yong Sik, who helps direct the country's missile industries, to the blacklist along with three other North Korean agencies.

South Korea and Japan have welcomed the sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated, "Today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea". Significantly, it stopped short of imposing a full embargo on oil exports to North Korea, most of which come from China.

The foreign minister, who will be in NY next week for UN leadership meetings, called on all nations to fully implement the sanctions.

North Korean state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Saturday said in an editorial that Pyongyang was now a nuclear power and praised Kim for strengthening "defenses to protect the Korean Peninsula from invasion".

U.S. law enforcement officials who monitor sanction-busting activity say Russian entrepreneurs are seizing opportunities to make a quick profit, setting up a maze of front companies to hide transactions and launder payments.