North Korea says Peru throwing 'gas on the fire' of nuclear spat

North Korea says Peru throwing 'gas on the fire' of nuclear spat”

The Security Council resolution also prohibited any country from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers.

Washington said military action remains an option in dealing with North Korea and threatened to cut economic ties with countries that continue to trade with the it - around 90 percent of the North's external commerce is with China. It has also tested a missile capable of reaching the United States, but experts say it is likely to be at least a year before it can field an operational nuclear missile that could threaten America.

China's official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary that the Trump administration was making a mistake by rejecting diplomatic engagement with North Korea.

Trump has said China should use its economic leverage as North Korea's top trading partner to quickly end Kim's nuclear ambitions. Both are violations of United Nations resolutions, but Pyongyang claims it must carry them out to build nuclear deterrent against what it sees as US aggression. The North Korean regime has not passed the point of no return ...

A separate article warns South Korea that "the not a protector of the south Korean people but arrogant aggressor and root cause of misfortune and disaster".

Yet Kim has repeatedly shrugged off previous sanctions, staying focused on the goal of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the U.S. mainland.

Analysts say the sanctions were significantly watered down from the initial draft proposal to get China and Russian Federation on board and are sceptical about whether they will curb Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. And she pointed to new United Nations sanctions, pushed through by the US.

The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on a new resolution on Monday in NY, which puts caps on exports of crude oil and petroleum products to North Korea in response to the country's defiant nuclear test earlier in the month, news reports said.

"In case the USA eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful "resolution" on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the USA pays due price", the spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency. Unlike Trump, Beijing's leaders fundamentally oppose a war to resolve the situation.

"The North Korean regime is still getting some fuel supplies from China, which can keep its most essential operations functioning", he said. A "peaceful solution will be the only correct way".

The Security Council slapped a ban on textile exports and restricted shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test. "It is the gangster-like logic that can not convince anyone", KCNA said in a Saturday commentary.

Although the new sanctions are the harshest yet, they could have been a lot tougher.

"I hope that the (North Korean) regime will listen to the message clearly and choose a different course", Robert Woods, the United States ambassador for disarmament affairs, told the forum in Geneva on Tuesday.

"Today's resolution would not have happened without the strong relationship that has developed between President [Donald] Trump and Chinese President Xi". Kim's antics have also started to affect China's strategic interests.

"China does not have the power to dictate to the DPRK", said Victor Gao, who was a translator for late leader Deng Xiaoping.

"The idea is how we can instill the kind of fear a nuclear weapon would - but do so without a nuke". Both had expressed skepticism over the strict sanctions. But the Trump administration is demanding a vote in six days. The world braced for another possible intercontinental ballistic missile launch last weekend during its founding day celebration, however, the launch didn't come on the expected date.

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