UN Imposes New Sanctions Targeting North Korean Oil Imports

UN passes tough new sanctions on North Korea

In November, North Korea called for a halt to what it called "brutal sanctions", saying a previous round imposed after its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 constituted genocide.

The UN Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions on North Korea today in response to the latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says is capable of reaching anywhere on the United States mainland.

The resolution, drafted by the United States and negotiated with China, drew criticism from Russian Federation for the short time the 13 other council nations had to consider the text, and last-minute changes to the text.

The resolution also requires countries to stop ships from illegally providing oil to North Korea through ship-to-ship transfers and prohibits them from smuggling North Korean coal and other prohibited commodities by sea.

"It [the resolution] sends the unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishments and isolation", Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said following the vote.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna, reporting from the United Nations, said the move was a "significant ramping up" of sanctions against North Korea.

Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping last month to cut off oil to North Korea, a move that would cripple its desperately struggling economy.

More news: 1st trailer for 'Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again' released

"If they were enforced, the cap on oil would be devastating for North Korea's haulage industry, for North Koreans who use generators at home or for productive activities, and for [state-owned enterprises] that do the same", said Peter Ward, a columnist for NK News, a website that tracks North Korea.

That's a reduction of almost 90 percent from the current 4.5 million barrels. And it bans all countries from exporting industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to the country. The United States stations 28,500 troops in the South, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

The resolution does not halt the supply of crude oil from China to North Korea, even though the U.S. strongly pressured China to halt such shipments.

A total of 16 North Korean officials, most of whom work in banking, were added to the United Nations sanctions blacklist along with the North Korean ministry of the people's armed forces, which manages logistics for the army.

All North Korean workers in foreign countries are in principle to be repatriated within 2 years from the day the resolution is adopted.

The resolution approved Friday expresses concern that the foreign earnings from these workers are being used to support the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Related News:

  • Wentz, 5 other Eagles named to Pro Bowl

    Wentz, 5 other Eagles named to Pro Bowl

    He set the Eagles' team record for touchdowns in a season with 33, against just seven interceptions. Thielen broke loose past year with 69 catches for 967 yards and this season has been even better.

    AT&T promises $1000 bonus to workers after tax overhaul

    AT&T said Wednesday it will pay a $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 United States employees after the GOP tax bill is enacted. President Trump praised AT&T's bonus plans during a Rose Garden event celebrating Congress' passage of the tax plan.
    Bitcoin derivatives makes smooth debut on CME

    Bitcoin derivatives makes smooth debut on CME

    The margin requirement at CME is 35 per cent, while at Cboe, it is 40 per cent, reflecting bitcoin's volatility . The contracts may be bought by institutional investors who are not allowed to purchase bitcoin directly.
  • New York State Population At 19.849M, Census Says

    New York State Population At 19.849M, Census Says

    Three states that had been losing population in the previous year, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Vermont, saw slight increases. In 2017, 38.0 percent of the nation's population lived in the South and 23.8 percent lived in the West.
    Pentagon confirmed existence of UFO program, incident videos released

    Pentagon confirmed existence of UFO program, incident videos released

    The AATIP lost its funding in 2012 when Department of Defense officials decided there were better ways to spend taxpayers' money. Pentagon officials revealed that the program existed, but added that it ceased to operate in 2012, the Times reported .
    Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova welcome twins

    Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova welcome twins

    While Kournikova sported some serious bling on her ring finger in a snap from 2016, they've never confirmed that they are married. Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias are parents to twins , TMZ reports and Us Weekly confirms.
  • Princess Michael of Kent's racist jewelry greets Meghan

    Princess Michael of Kent's racist jewelry greets Meghan

    According to The Cut , Princess Michael - the wife of the Queen's cousin - wore a racist brooch to the lunch. A source told the gossip news website that she vowed never to wear it again.
    Salvation Army short of Christmas Kettle campaign goal

    Salvation Army short of Christmas Kettle campaign goal

    Local Salvation Army officials are saying MA is shy of $1 million dollars away from meeting their statewide fundraising goal. The state as a whole is down 11 percent compared to past year , the Kettles specifically are down 11 percent.
    Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull announces cabinet reshuffle

    Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull announces cabinet reshuffle

    The revamp will see Attorney-General George Brandis be replaced by Christian Porter , Turnbull told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.
  • Welcome to winter, the longest night of the year

    Welcome to winter, the longest night of the year

    Why doesn't the earliest sunset come on the shortest day? If you're farther north, your earliest sunsets are around December 7. No sunlight for you! And why is the Earth tilted? The coldest days of the year won't happen until January or February.

    Apple Inc. (AAPL) AirPods Are Sold Out Until After New Years

    Apple has sold out for AirPods, its wireless headphones created to work with iPhones and iPads, with a week left until Christmas . Apple is planning to launch upgraded AirPods in the second half of 2018, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
    South Africa's ANC elect new leader to replace Zuma

    South Africa's ANC elect new leader to replace Zuma

    Delegates from around South Africa cast their ballots after repeated delays caused by disputes over who was entitled to vote. It was not clear when the outcome would be announced.

Most liked

Man planned Christmas terror attack for SF's Pier 39
His suicide note included comments denouncing President Donald Trump's plan to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The FBI reportedly searched Jameson's home on December 20 and seized firearms in the process.

Colder Friday, rain and snow chances
In particular, cold air at the surface is appearing more likely to persist into much of Saturday across the entire region. Another system will try to spin up on Christmas morning, clipping New England with another round of precipitation.

Venus Williams Won't Face Charges in Fatal Crash
Attorneys for Williams and the Barsons could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. Barson drove into the intersection when the light turned green, striking Williams' vehicle.

Klopp explains Salah's, Chamberlain's start with Liverpool
And he rapped: "The biggest improvement for Oxlade-Chamberlain is being involved in goalscoring situations". "You can not just play a little bit, you don't know your team-mates, it's all different".

Man United knocked out of League Cup by Bristol City
Of course we don't want extra-time, of course we try to win the game in the 90 minutes - which is why I say they were lucky. After Smith's stoppage time goal, you can guess that the home fans were in raptures. "It was a handsome day for football".

Experts back Apple's move to prolong battery life of older iPhones
It had always been rumored that Apple purposefully caused its phones to slow down over time . This year's iOS 11.2 extended the feature to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus .

Flu season starting in earnest
Beyond getting a flu shot, there are other things we can do for ourselves and for family, friends, co-workers and the community. A preventative vaccine is especially important for the very young, the elderly or people with chronic health conditions.

Trump Blasts 'FAKE NEWS' Story He Was Considering Rescinding Gorsuch Nomination
The letter was produced for Trump and he took a look at it on March 10, according to legislative affairs director Marc Short. Trump was also reportedly concerned that Gorsuch wasn't grateful enough to him for the nomination.

Korea testing warheads loaded with anthrax
The report, based off of a source in South Korea, said that it did not have confirmation about whether the tests had been successful.

Nashville expecting big announcement on possible Major League Soccer franchise
Reports out of Cincinnati and from the Mercury News in California point to Cincinnati as the next to win an expansion team. However, on Tuesday the league announced it would make a "special announcement " in Nashville on Wednesday.

PUBG's first patch on Xbox One takes aim at performance issues
Now, with the game already running in 4K on the Xbox One X here's hoping the the optimisation process is a quick one. PUBG does not provide a free trial for a Game Preview title, but Xbox One launch was an exception.

Self-healing glass would be ideal for smartphones
The researchers said the glass is " highly robust mechanically yet can readily be repaired by compression at fractured surfaces ". An accidental discovery by researchers in Japan may bring a solution to the vulnerability of mobile screens.

Oil Prices Rise After API Reports Significant Draw In Crude Inventories
Shale production will rise to a record in January, according to a government forecast published on Monday, as higher prices encourage increased drilling.

Google to activate Chrome's native ad blocker on February 15
This won't block all ads on all websites - instead, it'll stop those that are deemed overly annoying or intrusive. The goal seems to be for Google to cut back on users' use of third-party ad blockers that ban all ads outright.

Campbell's Soup To Buy Snyder's-Lance For Nearly $5 Billion
The company says when the Snyder's-Lance deal closes, snacking will represent about 46 percent of Campbell's annual net sales. Campbell now gets about 31 percent of its sales from snacks and 35 percent from soup, the company said.