The United States formally requests United Nations Security Council vote on North Korea sanctions

September 9, 2017 6:51 am

Ambassador to the , Nikki Haley, leaves after a Security Council meeting on on September 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)

The has formally requested the United Nations Security Council to vote on a draft resolution for the new sanctions against North Korea over its sixth and largest nuclear test.
“This evening, informed the UN Security Council that it intends to call a meeting to vote on a draft resolution to establish additional sanctions on North Korea on Monday, September 11,” according to a statement from the US mission to the UN issued on Friday.
The new draft UN resolution would prohibit exports of crude oil, condensate, refined petroleum products, and natural gas liquids to North Korea.

This file picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was taken on September 3, 2017 and released by North Korea.

During a meeting of experts Friday, China and Russia, which both supply North Korea with oil, opposed the measures as a whole.
While China supplies North Korea with roughly 500,000 tons of crude oil and 200,000 tons of oil products annually, Russia provides the country with 40,000 tons of crude oil.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier said, “Along with pressure on the North Korean regime to induce it to abandon provocations in the implementation of its nuclear and missile programs, it is necessary to emphasize and increase the priority of efforts to resume the political process.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has also urged a peaceful resolution of the standoff, calling on the US to take concrete actions to deescalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

This image obtained from the US Air Force shows two Air Force B-1B Lancers  (Top L & R) flying from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula on August 7, 2017. 
(Photo by AFP)

The US is against North Korea’s nuclear weapons but Pyongyang says it will not give up on its nuclear deterrence unless Washington ends its hostile policy toward the country and dissolves the US-led UN command in South Korea. Thousands of US soldiers are stationed in South Korea and Japan.
On Sunday, North Korea sent shock waves across the world by detonating a hydrogen bomb, which was its sixth and the biggest nuclear test to date. The bomb was also about three times more powerful than America’s atomic bomb that destroyed Japan’s Hiroshima in 1945.
Two days later, Pyongyang warned the United States that it is prepared to send “more gift packages” to Washington.
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