US calls for Monday vote on new North Korea sanctions

North Korea warns US will pay due price for spearheading UN sanctions

North Korea warns US will pay due price for spearheading UN sanctions

The head of Senate Armed Services Committee said Washington should strengthen its missile defenses in South Korea while putting more pressure on China to stop the North's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

"War is never something the Unites States wants - we don't want it now".

The UN imposed its most severe round of sanctions against North Korea just weeks ago, which included a complete ban on coal and iron exports as well as blocking global sales of North Korean seafood and lead ore. "They give us a much better chance to halt the regime's ability to fuel and finance its nuclear and missile programmes". "If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it", Haley added. "The choice is theirs".

The sanctions fell short of the original United States demand for banning foreign travel by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and freezing his assets.

It retains the ban on textile exports, though dilutes the guest worker ban and drops proposals to freeze the assets of Kim and national airline Air Koryo, the diplomat said.

"Since the United States is revealing its nature as a blood-thirsty beast obsessed with the wild dream of reversing the DPRK's development of the state nuclear force which has already reached the completion phase, there is no way that the DPRK is going to wait and let the USA feast on it", it said.

Under the measure, countries are authorized to inspect ships suspected of carrying banned North Korean cargo but must first seek the consent of the flag-state.

Merkel urged the Security Council to adopt a similar approach to North Korea as it did for Iran in 2015.

This was the UNSC's ninth round of economic sanctions imposed against North Korea since 2006 as the reclusive nation shows no signs of scaling down its nuclear and missile activities.

If true, this would provide further evidence to support President Donald Trump's demand that the United Nations adopt the strictest sanctions possible against North Korea.

The United Nations Security Council has implemented sanctions against North Korea after the country's sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

In a push for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, the resolution says dialogue is needed to "ensure lasting stability in northeast Asia" and "to resolve the situation through peaceful, diplomatic, and political means".

"We think it's a big mistake to underestimate this Russia-China initiative", Nebenzya said.

Chinese ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi implored Pyongyang to "take seriously the expectations and will of the worldwide community" to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile deployment, and asked that all sides remain "cool-headed" by avoiding an increase in rhetoric that could heighten tensions.

President Donald Trump called for harsh measures to be taken against the country, even considering the possibility that the USA would stop trading with any country that traded with North Korea.

The objective of the latest measure is to isolate North Korea, leaving it with little choice but to come to the negotiation table.

But it only caps Pyongyang's imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months, and it limits the import of refined petroleum products to 2 million barrels a year.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the new measures would deprive Pyongyang of at least $800 million in annual export revenues, primarily from banning its textile exports, and when combined with previous sanctions, would cut off about 90 percent of North Korea's earnings from exports.

The U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing on Tuesday on North Korea. Around 90 percent of the North's external commerce is with China.

Early Monday, North Korea said it would not accept any chastisement over its nuclear and missile program, which it says is vital to stave off the threat of an American invasion.

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