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Peru says expelling North Korean ambassador over nuclear programme

12 Setiembre 2017
Peru says expelling North Korean ambassador over nuclear programme

North Korea seems to be ramping up cyberattacks to steal Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that could be used to circumvent trade restrictions and international sanctions and obtain hard currencies to fund the regime.

A ban on textiles will not only impact factory workers but also their families who are supported by work in textiles factories, said Green.

"It's just another very small step". The North Korean regime has not passed the point of no return ...

"We have frozen their accounts, which means they cannot withdraw (money)", a staff member at a Yanji branch of China Construction Bank told AFP. North Korea's state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, warned that the joint exercise was "the most explicit expression of hostility" with no guarantee it wouldn't evolve into full-scale hostilities.

"This year, we've entered a realm of sanctions where the effects are really, really going to be felt by ordinary people".

"I am sorry for Japan for having not yet been able to have the courage to apologize to the elderly women", he said of dozens of older South Korean victims, some of whom he met a day earlier in the country.

That would mean North Korea imports nearly 2.2 million barrels a year in petroleum products, so the 2 million barrel cap in the resolution would represent a 10 per cent cut.

But that missile defence system was deployed as a response to North Korea's weapons programme. Absent a media environment that encourages a perception of crisis, the likelihood of an American preemptive attack is equally small. North Korean textile exports in 2016 totalled $752.5 million, accounting for about one-fourth of its total $3 billion in merchandise exports, according to South Korean government figures.

The new measures banned textile exports and capped fuel imports.

Along with settling for the compromise on oil, the U.S. unsuccessfully tried to get a travel ban and freezes on the assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Air Koryo, the North's flagship airline. The resolution adds only the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea and the party's powerful Organization and Guidance Department and its Propaganda and Agitation Department to the sanctions blacklist.

A year ago, the probability that North Korea would fire a nuclear-tipped missile at the United States was essentially zero; the North did not have the capability to make such an attack. Between them, the two Asian nations have shattered the apartheid the victors of World War II had imposed.

Asked for advice for South Korean diplomacy against the backdrop of growing rivalries between superpowers, Schroeder said South Korea could be relatively more independent of the U.S. diplomatically.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre said, "We are facing not a regional but a global threat, not a virtual but an immediate threat, not a serious but an existential threat". What does this resolution do, and does it have the teeth that the Trump administration wanted it to have?

A tougher initial U.S. draft was weakened to win the support of China, Pyongyang's main ally and trading partner, and Russia, both of which hold veto power in the council.

But Beijing does not see sanctions as a route to greater security on the Korean peninsula.

Liu again urged the council to adopt the freeze-for-freeze proposal and said talks with North Korea are needed "sooner rather than later". He expressed hope that the United States will pledge not to seek regime change or North Korea's collapse.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia went further, making clear that while Russia supported the resolution, it wasn't entirely satisfied with the council's approach.