Proposed UN resolution would sanction 15 North Koreans

Jane Richards
June 3, 2017

China blocked tough new sanctions against North Korea that the United States pushed in the U.N. Security Council on Friday.

The U.N. Security Council on Friday expanded targeted sanctions against North Korea after its repeated missile tests, adopting the first such resolution agreed by the United States and China since Trump took office.

-Pak Han Se, vice chairman of the government committee that oversees ballistic missile production and directs activities of Korea Mining Development Corp., the country's "premier arms dealer and main exporter of goods and equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons".

The new asset and travel freeze by this resolution target senior officials and its core military apparatus that are directly responsible for the regime's illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs, South Korea ambassador to the UN, Cho Tae-Yul, told the council on Friday. The Vietnam representative of a bank and the heads of two companies will also face sanctions.

By contrast, China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi stressed that the resolution reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia and expressed the council's commitment to a peaceful diplomatic and political solution, and to the importance of reducing tensions.

The resolution condemns North Korea's nuclear and ballistic activities "in the strongest terms" and reaffirms the Security Council's demand that Pyongyang abandon all nuclear weapons and programs and halt all nuclear and missile tests.

"North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them is not new", Mattis said in his prepared remarks.

Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told a news conference later that he believed Mattis had effectively stressed the USA commitment to allies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Glossing over disagreements, the defense chiefs from Japan and France on Saturday welcomed USA leadership in the Asia-Pacific to manage the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and maintain regional peace.

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"We want to stop this".

Speaking after Mr Mattis in Singapore, Senator Payne said Australia would work closely with the United States to "increase the cost of North Korea's behaviour". The US military arrived in South Korea after North Korea test-fired four ballistic missiles back in March.

"It is not helpful in settling the situation on the Korean Peninsula". Just a day or two after North Korea's most recent test, the U.S.

Experts seem to think the recent ramp-up in U.S. military presence in the region seems only to be escalating the situation.

Statements from Pyongyang say their missile program is a defense against threatening American forces.

Jim Mattis' remarks come as China builds up a series of artificial islands on shoals and reefs in contested waters in the South China Sea.

"Bear with us", Mattis said.

After meeting with President Xi Jinping in April, Trump, who once accused China of "raping" the United States, praised its leader as a "good man", saying it would be inappropriate to pressure Beijing while Washington is seeking its help with Pyongyang.

"(North Korea) is not providing WMD components into the hands of non-state actors ...

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