UNSC adopts resolution sanctioning more North Korean individuals, entities

For instance, resolution 2270, passed in March 2016, enforced new and powerful measures including a ban on the regime's coal exports, and mandatory inspections on cargo leaving and entering North Korea. North Korea is one area where the United States and the rest of the world need Chinese help to rein in North Korea's Kim Jong Un. "China's declared policy of a denuclearised Korean Peninsula is our policy as well, and also that of Japan and the Republic of Korea".

"And when we talk about rules, to my opinion, worldwide rules should reflect general consensus of all countries, and they should not be unilaterally interpreted and decided by some countries", He Lei said, stressing that regional rules should demonstrate shared interests and values of the region.

"The Trump administration is encouraged by China's renewed commitment to work with the worldwide community toward denuclearisation", Mr Mattis said.

But he was unrelentingly critical of reclusive North Korea, whose leaders have long viewed the United States as a military threat, in part because of periodic military exercises with South Korea, which the North sees as preparations for attacks aimed at destroying its ruling elite.

Security Council veto power Russian Federation backed the United Nations measures on Friday.

Moscow still believes that further confrontation with Pyongyang may have serious consequences for the region. Traditionally, the United States and China have negotiated new sanctions before involving the other council members. "If we speak to each other in language of ultimatums, we will never move forward from this point".

If ratified by the Council it would add to an already lengthy blacklist of 39 individuals and 42 entities.

In addition to the foreign intelligence chief, the resolution imposes sanctions on officials who control the media and key government and military appointments. The council instigated asset freezes on 14 North Korean officials and the national Koryo Bank.

In another sign of increased pressure on North Korea, Japan's Self-Defense Forces began a three-day exercise with two US aircraft carriers in the Sea of Japan on Thursday.

Russia chose to support the measure despite Kremlin anger over Washington's move to impose United States sanctions on two Russian firms that do business with North Korea. North Korea is threatening a sixth nuclear test.

Adding names to the United Nations blacklist - a global travel ban and asset freeze - was the minimum sanctions measures the Security Council could have taken and comes after five weeks of negotiations between Washington and Beijing.

The resolution condemns North Korea's nuclear and ballistic activities "in the strongest terms" and reaffirms the Security Council's demand that Pyongyang abandon all nuclear weapons and programs and halt all nuclear and missile tests.

Hours earlier, the U.N. Security Council adopted another resolution against the North for its recent ballistic missile launchers, which calls for 15 more individuals and four entities linked to its weapons of mass destruction program to be added to the global sanctions blacklist.

  • Leroy Wright