Russia helping North Korea against US with THIS secret supply

North Korean soldiers salute at Munsu Hill in Pyongyang North Korea to mark the 69th anniversary of the country's founding Saturday Sept. 9 2017

North Korean soldiers salute at Munsu Hill in Pyongyang North Korea to mark the 69th anniversary of the country's founding Saturday Sept. 9 2017

The watered-down resolution does not include sanctions the United States wanted on North Korea's national airline and the army, but United States ambassador Nikki Haley told the council after the vote: "These are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea".

The US is believed to be watering down a proposal to punish North Korea for its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, omitting an oil embargo and a freeze of Kim Jong Un's assets, according to a European diplomat.

Nevertheless, ahead of the UN Security Council meeting, the country said that if the U.S. did eventually push through harsher sanctions, North Korea would "absolutely make sure that the U.S. pays due price".

The new sanctions ban 90 percent of North Korea's publicly-reported exports and cap the amount of oil the country is able to import, according to a US official familiar with the negotiations.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's defiance is creating divides among the five veto-holding members of the UN Security Council.

China supplies most of North Korea's crude.

Peru stressed that it was committed to a peaceful solution to the dispute and "strict compliance" with resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council.

The US-drafted sanctions resolution passed just one month after the Security Council chose to ban exports of coal, lead and seafood in response to North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

It also bans North Korean exports of textiles, a $726 million industry, and phases out North Korea's overseas labor program, which sends 93,000 North Koreans abroad to work in near slave conditions and send their pay back to the regime.

The final agreement was reached after negotiations between the U.S. and China, the North's ally and major trading partner.

Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from the United Nations in New York City, said that while both China and Russian Federation supported the sanctions resolution, "they made it very clear that they don't believe everything is being done that should be done".

It does however ban the pariah state from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates. The agency estimates North Korea crude imports at about 10,000 barrels a day.

North Korea was condemned for its latest nuclear test in September, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb.

There were yet no signs of imminent additional provocations by the North that could lead to another missile or nuclear test, the South's government said.

But for all of Pyongyang's fury at the prospect of new sanctions, the USA -backed draft has been watered down significantly to meet Chinese and Russian demands.

Those measures introduced a complete ban on coal and iron exports, blocked global sales of North Korean lead ore and seafood, and imposed travel bans and asset freezes on individuals and companies.

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