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MISSILE ACTIVITIES: New & tougher sanctions underway for defiant North Korea



MISSILE ACTIVITIES: New & tougher sanctions underway for defiant North Korea

The continued missile tests and proliferation conducted by North Korea especially its latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch will see new and tougher sanctions imposed on the pariah Asian country.

A U.S.-drafted resolution that seeks to toughen sanctions on North Korea is on the cards as the United Nations Security Council is due to vote on the resolution on Friday.

The draft, seen by Reuters on Thursday, seeks to ban nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum product exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and demand the repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 12 months.

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It would also cap crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year. The United States has been calling on China to limit its oil supply to its neighbour and ally.

Recall that the US warned North Korea after it test-fired its most advanced missile, putting the U.S. mainland within range, that North Korea’s leadership would be “utterly destroyed” if war were to break out.

However, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a speech on Thursday “stressed that nobody can deny the entity of the DPRK which rapidly emerged as a strategic state capable of posing a substantial nuclear threat to the U.S.,” according to North Korea’s official KCNA news agency.


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