New sanctions fall short of total embargo on oil

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It is the ninth Security Council resolution to impose sanctions on North Korea, whose nuclear and ballistic missile tests violate previous Security Council directives. The council also froze the assets of three additional entities: the Central Military Commission, the powerful Organization and Guidance Department that directs key personnel appointments and the Propaganda and Agitation Department, which oversees the North's media and its censorship. It says the make-up of those radioactive isotopes in air samples could shows if a nuclear test was from a plutonium or uranium bomb.

The new measures will target the country's textile exports and also seek to cap the number of North Koreans who work overseas and repatriate money at the current level of 100,000.

Han said North Korea is "ready to use a form of ultimate means" but did not elaborate, the news agency reported.

"While bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges may seem like odd targets for nation state actors interested in funding state coffers, some of the other illicit endeavours North Korea pursues further demonstrate interest in conducting financial crime on the regime's behalf", the firm said.

"New Zealand has identified the support that we can provide on sanctions implementation in the Pacific".

Washington is calling for an end to North Korean foreign laborers - mainly in Russian Federation and China and a major source of hard currency - and a cutoff of oil supplies, most of which come from China.

Apart from the oil and textile ban, the sanctions have also put a ceiling on the deliveries of refined oil products to Pyongyang and also limit crude oil shipments to the current level.

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Han said Washington "fabricated the most vicious sanction resolution", news agencies reported. Earlier this year, China, its only ally, also suspended coal exports from North Korea.

The US had initially proposed a complete oil embargo and also said that the foreign accounts of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un should be frozen.

It called on Pyongyang to "respect worldwide law and to put an irreversible and verifiable end to its nuclear program".

China, which provides most of the oil to North Korea and wields a security council veto, has opposed such a move.

Geng Shuang, spokesman of China's Foreign Ministry, said in a statement that the latest resolution "reflected the common position of its members to safeguard the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region, promote the denuclearization of the Peninsula and uphold the worldwide non-proliferation regime". Trump has vowed not to allow North Korea to develop a nuclear missile capable of hitting the mainland United States.

Liu said relevant parties should resume negotiations "sooner rather than later".

It followed up with a sixth nuclear test on September 3, its largest to date, which it said was a miniaturized hydrogen bomb.

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