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North Korea vows to speed up nuclear program

13 September 2017

North Korea had warned ahead of the U.N. vote that the United States would pay a "due price" if it pursued stronger sanctions.

"We think it's just another very small step - not a big deal", Trump said as he met with Malaysia's prime minister at the White House.

Still he says, it's "nice" to get a 15-0 vote.

The United Nations Security Council approved new sanctions aimed at punishing North Korea for its latest missile and nuclear tests after the USA dropped demands such as an oil embargo to win support from Russian Federation and China.

In June, the USA designated the Bank of Dandong, a regional Chinese bank, as a "primary money laundering concern" over its alleged help to North Korea in accessing the US and worldwide financial systems.

"It was hard to find out how powerful the nuclear test was with the amount of xenon detected, but we can say the xenon was from North Korea", said executive commissioner Choi Jongbae in a press conference in the capital, Seoul.

The response came a day after the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution squeezing the North like never before - by restricting the reclusive state's oil imports and banning textile exports.

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Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea credited China and Russia's support of the United Nations resolution but says both countries "must do much more" to implement and enforce the sanctions.

The German air-to-surface weapon was capable of precision strikes on key North Korean facilities even if launched from the central part of the South, it added.

The Security Council September 11 unanimously agreed to impose tighter sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), imposing limits on oil exports, banning the country's textile imports and access to gas liquids, and more closely inspecting cargo ships going in and out of its ports. The ninth set of punitive UNSC measures against the communist regime fell significantly short of the far-reaching consequences the Trump administration had demanded following North Korea's sixth nuclear test earlier this month.

US President Donald Trump said Monday's sanctions were just a small step towards what is ultimately needed to rein in Pyongyang over its weapons programmes.

"We need to use every ounce of leverage.to put maximum pressure on this rogue regime", the Republican congressman told a hearing on North Korea. It noted that North Korea exported $270 million of coal, iron, and zinc-all of which the sanctions prohibit-to China during that time period.

"We are not at the ceiling when it comes to sanctions against the DPRK".

The report also discussed ongoing investigations of the Korea Mining Development Trading Corp., of KOMID, a North Korean entity. In response to North Korea's actions, South Korea and the U.S. began discussions on the deployment of an aircraft carrier and strategic bombers in the region.

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Ambassador Haley could not bring herself to admit that the new resolution does not accomplish anywhere near what the Trump administration had originally sought to push through the Security Council.

It was the eighth series of sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006.

A person answering the customer hotline at the world´s largest lender, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC), said the bank had stopped opening accounts for North Koreans and Iranians since July 16.

Meanwhile, Democrats charged that Trump is exacerbating the increasingly tense standoff with North Korea with his belligerent comments and tweets.

In one example, a North Korean ship registered in St. Kitts and Nevis was said to have sailed from China to North Korea, turning off its transponder to hide its location as it loaded coal.

But such measures did little to change North Korea's behavior. China and Russian Federation reportedly voted for the sanctions after they were softened.

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North Korea vows to speed up nuclear program