North Korea Sanctions– Pyongyang has displayed a disposition that suggests that the elongated US-North Korea feud may not be resolved with the recent UN sanctions.
After a unanimous vote to place the sanctions by the UN Security Council, North Korea in turn has publicly threatened the United States while rejecting the offers for dialogue of a negotiation.
According to a NK government official, the UN sanctions is nothing but a violation of Pyongyang’s sovereignty.
“We will not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table… and will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might”.
“We are ready to retaliate with far bigger actions to make the U.S. pay a price for its crime against our country and people,”
The NK government is adamant in continuing with their missile tests. This year alone the Asian country has tested about 12 nuclear weapons and has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
Seeing that the Asian country will not budge, The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously adopted punitive measures against NK. The North Korea sanctions includes a ban of $1 billion worth of mineral and seafood exports from the country.
Recall that on July 4, 2017 the Asian country confirmed the successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)-Hwasong-14; a missile test said to be the highest in history.
While sarcastically saying the missile launch was a gift to mark America’s independence day, experts found that the weapon could reach US mainland.
The New North Korea sanctions is a follow up from last month’s incident as North Korea remains as defiant as always.
According to the UN,
- North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood has been banned
- Increasing the North Korean workforce outside the country has been banned(This means it will be hard for North Korean citizens in diaspora to be employed)
- A ban on new joint ventures with North Korea and new investment in existing joint ventures.
Before now, China, North Korea’s strongest ally and biggest trade partner has declined several calls to pull economic strings that will bend North Korea.
Consequently, the US backed by the UN has succeeded with the sanctions.
Speaking at the ongoing ASEAN summit in the Philippines on Sunday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged North Korea to comply with the new sanctions.
“Do not violate the U.N.’s decision or provoke international society’s goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests,”
In the same vein, China warned the US to desist from their arrogance and recognize they played a part in escalating the feud.
“The West should be reminded to exercise restraint. If it believes it is only North Korea rather than the U.S. and South Korea as well to blame for the nuclear issue, this ill-fitting mindset will not help solve the crisis,”
In attendance for the summit are the United States’ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, North Korea’s t Ri Yong Ho and other Asian Foreign Ministers.
Rex Tillerson says there will be no room for dialogue with North Korea until they stop the missile tests.
“The best signal that North Korea could give us that they’re prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches,”
South Korean leader, Jae-in Moon during the summit proposed dialogue but North Korea indicates no interest whatsoever.