13 September, 2017
The initial U.S. proposal included an assets freeze on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and a complete ban on countries selling oil to his government, but the measures were softened to appease China and Russian Federation. North Korean textile products can be easily re-labeled to hide their source.
"Hostile sanctions are like a delusion tantamount to expecting foolishly that the ocean would dry up", one official told CNN, while emphasizing that the government had not yet released an official response. "We would like to see proof of that in the near future", he added.
South Korea said Wednesday it had conducted its first live-fire drill for an advanced air-launched cruise missile that would strengthen its pre-emptive strike capability against North Korea in the event of crisis.
Inoki, who returned from a visit to North Korea earlier this week, told a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday that Japan, as the world's only country to have been attacked by atomic bombs, should stay more neutral and mediate between the USA and North Korea.
The government said that the worldwide community's approval of the toughest sanctions ever reflects its united front in dealing with Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.
Before the draft resolution was put to a vote Monday, China and the USA reportedly renegotiated the document, softening the blow in certain places.
The US official said the ban on textile exports would deprive North Korea of some US$726 million in annual revenue.
China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi called on North Korea to "take seriously the expectations and will of the global community" that it halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development, and called on all parties to remain "cool-headed" and not stoke tensions.
The United States had originally sought to ban the export to North Korea of all crude oil and refined petroleum products.
All those activities are thought to help fund the nuclear-weapons program.
The resolution bans the import and export of textiles - both fabric and clothing - by the North.
"These new sanctions send a loud and clear message to North Korea that its behaviour will not be tolerated by the worldwide community and will be met with significant consequences".
The head of the International Atomic Energy said the test was a clear violation of many UN Security Council resolutions and in disregard of repeated demands of the international community.
"We don't take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today".
Kim Jong-un has remained unmoved and defiant in the face of sanctions.
The restrictions are modeled on the previous restrictions on coal, in this area the USA will have to build to a United Nations embargo, but remains unclear if Beijing will agree to one, according to Ruggiero.
The Security Council resolution approved Monday was a watered-down version compared to what the United States and its allies pursued.
The U.S. should be fully aware that as long as it persists with intense political, economic and military confrontation with the DPRK in defiance of its repeated stern warning, the former will never be able to avoid its permanent extinction.
Oil prices are skyrocketing just a week after the North conducted its sixth and strongest nuclear test on September 3.