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The omens of war on the Korean peninsula loom larger by the day.

South Korean government observers predicted the resolution would prove effective in blocking around 30% of North Korean imports of crude and refined oil.

The danger of unsecured nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in the failed state next door is also distinctly troubling.

North Korea says its weapons development is vital to stave off the threat of a United States invasion.

As predicted, the U.S. reaction was quick and strong. "The crude oil supply ban that was initially suggested did not make it in, but the restrictions on garment toll processing are severe", a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said of the effects on North Korea. North Korean textile exports in 2016 totaled $752.5 million, accounting for about one-fourth of its total $3 billion in merchandise exports, according to South Korean government figures.

"Sanctions against North Korea are likely to fuel their cybercrime activity", said Bryce Boland, Singapore-based chief technology officer with FireEye.

The US official said the ban on textile exports would deprive North Korea of some $726 million in annual revenue.

"The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return", said Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the UN.

Analysts say the president's frequent use of Twitter in addressing North Korea is "a double-edged sword".

When war becomes a real possibility, China must be prepared.

"It all depends on China and Russia's willingness".

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Washington had sought authorisation for searches by force, which Koo said China and Russian Federation "strongly opposed". Even now Beijing fails to exploit the cracks that have emerged between President Donald Trump and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in because of its loathing for Thaad. After all, these weapons are too risky to be left in the hands of a North Korean army caught in political chaos.

But China seems concerned enough about the United States threats. North Korea's nuclear weapons are of no technological value and it would be very costly to take care of them. The last war on the Korean peninsula pitted the USA against China at a cost of millions of military and civilian lives. On balance, China may wish to take care of the nuclear weapons itself.

The United States switched on its $800 million European missile defence umbrella in May a year ago at a site in Romania to protect against Iranian rockets.

Strict censorship keeps public debate at bay, but there are signs of growing unease among experts and public alike, a growing number of voices pointing out that North Korea is getting away with undermining Chinese national interest.

The second issue Beijing might wish to talk about is how to deal with the expected refugee problem.

One ICBC bank worker said that this had followed an order from the country's central bank, the People's Bank Of China. Or some other forces?

As for North Koreans working overseas, the USA mission said a cutoff on new work permits will eventually cost North Korea about $500 million a year once current work permits expire. Or should it endorse a UN-sponsored peninsula-wide plebiscite on reunification in preparation for a united Korea?

Also, even if the THAAD systems are deployed in the Seoul metropolitan area, they may not be able to shoot down multiple missiles headed their way.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed the resolution saying it "made clear the will of the worldwide community" while Seoul said Pyongyang should accept the United Nations resolution as a "strict warning".

"Iif North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure".

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