Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

US urges strict UN sanctions until N Korea acts on denuclearisation

US urges strict UN sanctions until N Korea acts on denuclearisation

 The United States on Friday welcomed the U.N. Security Council's united support for the fully verified denuclearization of North Korea and pressed China and Russian Federation to strictly enforce U.N. sanctions to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Speaking to Korean reporters after the meetings, Kang said there was agreement among the U.N. Security Council members on the need to keep sanctions on North Korea until it fully denuclearizes.

Those remarks were echoed by the Netherlands' UN ambassador Karel Van Oosterom, who chairs the Security Council committee on North Korea sanctions. The joint statement included a US commitment to providing security guarantees to North Korea in exchange for its denuclearization, and North Korea's promise to recover and return the remains of American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War. The North Korean economy contracted 0.5 percent in 2010, but it soon picked up in the following year maintaining its growth rate of around 1 percent until 2014.

After Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang this month to try to make headway, North Korea complained that the United States was making "gangster-like" demands for rapid denuclearization.

A United Nations sanctions resolution adopted last year set ceilings for North Korea of four million barrels of crude oil per year and 500,000 barrels of refined oil products.

North Korea's statement was apparently not in sync with the USA, even as Pompeo said that there was progress being made on North Korea's denuclearisation exercise. China, which is North Korea's closest ally and responsible for more than 90 percent of the isolated country's trade, backs North Korea's call for a "phased and synchronous" approach to denuclearization.

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KCNA KCNA / Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a meeting in Pyongyang on May 18.

However, Russia's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy told Reuters there was no reason for Haley to reproach Russia.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., July 20, 2018. In 2017, the UN Security Council approved imposing three sets of restrictions on Pyongyang in response to its missile and nuclear tests. Months later, China, the North's most important trading partner, announced it would suspend imports of North Korean coal. "Some of our friends have decided they want to do away with the rules", she said. "It will also take Chairman Kim following through on his personal commitments that he made to President Trump in Singapore".

Van Oosterom, who chairs the council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea, told reporters: "I think for all of us it's clear that the progress is in the talks so far, that the engagement is there and the discussions are taking place".

Meari, another North Korean propaganda website, also urged the Seoul government to "do its part" in working toward a declaration of an end to the Korean War.

He said a second message they delivered was that "to achieve that, full implementation of the sanctions is absolutely crucial".

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