Stop North Korea nuclear weapons programme before United Kingdom in range, warns Fallon

Similarly, the Trump administration should stop asking China to stop all trade with North Korea, for it is not only recklessly risky, but risks a humanitarian catastrophe.

The comments Tuesday came as North Korea faced renewed criticism at the Geneva-based body of its recent ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests.

The resolution instead bans trade in textiles, cuts off natural gas shipments to North Korea, places a ceiling on deliveries of refined oil products and caps crude oil shipments at current levels. The resolution adopted Monday adds only one person to the sanctions list - Pak Yong Sik, a member of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Military Commission, which controls the country's military and helps direct its military industries.

South Korea has welcomed the UN Security Council's move to impose new sanctions on its neighbour North Korea, describing it as a "strict warning from the global community".

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously approved a fresh round of tougher sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

"We are now acting to stop it from having the ability to continue doing the wrong thing", she said.

"However, she said the USA was not looking for war with North Korea and that Pyongyang had not yet passed the point of no return".

South Korea braced for a possible further missile test by North Korea when it marks its founding anniversary on Saturday.

Analysts suggest the changes are an attempt to encourage support for the measures from Russian Federation and China, both of which maintain ties with North Korea.

This will not only starve the regime of any revenues generated through such arrangements, it will now stop all future foreign investments and technology transfers to help North Korea's nascent and weak commercial industries, according to a United States factsheet. "It is their continued, illegal and aggressive actions that have brought us to this point". Kim Jong-un might worry about his own dictatorship's survival chances, but he also needs to develop North Korea to maintain legitimacy.

Major U.S. allies in Asia, however, welcomed the Security Council's unanimous vote to step up sanctions on the North.

Blocking textile exports and cutting off the flow of oil from China would potentially be crippling measures.

Washington's United Nations representative on Friday said the US will request that the sanctions be adopted on Monday.

He added that Merkel expressed support for tougher United Nations sanctions against North Korea, according to Reuters.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi again called for talks "sooner rather than later".

There was no independent verification of the North's claim to have conducted a hydrogen bomb test, but some experts said there was enough strong evidence to suggest Pyongyang had either developed a hydrogen bomb or was getting close.

Haley further addressed the North Korean regime directly, saying it is not too late to change course.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is "ready to use a form of ultimate means", Han said without elaborating. "Secondly, you're right that sanctions take time to have an impact, but it's only over the a year ago or so that the Security Council has been sanctioning sectors of the economy", Rycroft said.

  • Leroy Wright