United Nations passes fresh sanctions on North Korea


The United Nations Security Council voted Monday to impose tough new sanctions against North Korea, including a gradual oil embargo, at the initiative of Washington, which had to revise its draft resolution after tough negotiations with Beijing and Moscow.

The unanimously passed resolution will impose the latest in a string of sanctions.

"They give us a much better chance to halt the regime's ability to fuel and finance its nuclear and missile programmes".

A Security Council resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by permanent members Britain, the United States, France, Russia or China to pass.

North Korea received condemnations from around the global for its latest nuclear test on September 3.

Germany would lend its weight to a diplomatic push to end North Korean nuclear weapons and missile development along the lines of a past deal with Iran, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday.

While in North Korea, which was marking the nation's founding anniversary on Saturday, local media issued fresh calls for a nuclear arms buildup, in defiance of the mounting worldwide sanctions.

North Korea's sixth test was of a claimed hydrogen bomb and its largest to date, producing what the United States intelligence community estimates as 140 kilotons of TNT equivalent in explosive yield.

John McCain says the US needs to step up actions against North Korea and send a message to leader Kim Jong Un that aggressive acts will lead to his country's destruction.

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Port and refinery closures along the Gulf coast and harsh sea conditions in the Caribbean have hit shipping. It was the first weekly build in crude stockpiles for ten weeks.

Prior UN sanctions resolutions have taken weeks or months of negations between the U.S. and China, but the Trump administration demanded a quick turnaround for the vote.

Ms Haley last week called the proposal "insulting" and said the USA has maintained that North Korea needs to halt their activities before talks can take place.

Following the vote, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley portrayed North Korea as increasingly isolated.

So far, sanctions have done little to slow North Korea's relentless progress in developing nuclear arms.

KELEMEN: Well, China and Russian Federation have been encouraging that and repeated that again on the floor of the Security Council today.

Beijing is said to have instructed its state banks to start suspending transactions through accounts held by North Koreans, potentially making trade between the two countries more hard.

The rogue state will face a ban on the country's textile exports, a block on incoming natural gas shipments, and a cap on imports of crude oil.

In August, the Security Council unanimously approved a resolution to impose sanctions meant to cut annual North Korean export income by a third, or $1 billion.