U.S. unsure if North Korea can be deterred - Trump administration official
Sep 10 2017
Washington has presented a draft United Nations resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea, an assets freeze on Kim Jong-Un, a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers.
Bloomberg reported the Trump administration has urged the Security Council to adopt a united stance on North Korea and Kim, who has said he won't negotiate unless the USA drops its "hostile" policies. Recent missile tests point to advancements by North Korea in developing a missile that could reach the continental US.
"As we've built military power by tightening our belts for decades, we've stepped up to the status of a nuclear power and a global military power with an atom bomb, a hydrogen bomb and an intercontinental ballistic missile", the newspaper wrote.
In July, it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that appeared to bring much of the mainland United States into range.
Another main correction will seek an asset freeze for North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un.
In another commentary, Rodong Sinmun said the USA would continue receiving "gift packages in different shapes and sizes" as long as it sticks to what it said was a hostile policy against the North.
- Deal on the horizon?
The US informed the Security Council on Friday night of its plan to call the vote, the State Department said in a brief statement, adding it would look to impose further penalties on Pyongyang.
United Nations diplomatic sources said they doubted either China or Moscow, both of which have the power to veto United Nations council resolutions, would accept anything more stringent than a ban on imports of North Korean textiles.
Rycroft said a proposed ban on all oil imports and textile exports, as well as prohibiting North Koreans from working overseas - which helps finance the country's nuclear program - was "a proportionate response" to North Korea's "illegal and reckless behavior". "If we start breaking crockery diplomatically, I don't see how you get anywhere without the Russians and Chinese - especially the Chinese".
The draft is also said to propose a ban on purchasing North Korean textile exports and hiring North Korean laborers in an aim to block the country's foreign currency sources.
The United States wants tough sanctions to be imposed to maximize pressure on Pyongyang to come to the table and negotiate an end to its nuclear and missile tests.
The United States pushed the UN to consider some of the strictest sanctions aimed at North Korea.