China Supports Tough New UN Sanctions Against North Korea

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The obstacle came one day after the U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously approved new sanctions against North Korea in the wake of the communist nation's first successful tests of ICBMs capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Ambassador Nikki R. Haley of the United States, which introduced the resolution, said its adoption by all 15 council members signified what she called "a strong, united step toward holding North Korea accountable for its behavior".

A few hours later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Trump commended the Security Council for its action and appreciated the cooperation of China and Russian Federation in passing the resolution.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted out praise for China approving the measure.

Haley described the new penalties, which the US painstakingly negotiated with China, North Korea's most important trading partner, as "the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation". McMaster added that if North Korea fires an ICBM. any place it could potentially land it is under a grave threat. "This was a strong day in the UN, it was a strong day for the United States and it was a strong day for the global community".

The new Resolution strengthens existing sanctions against North Korea, and specifically targets North Korea's principal exports including coal, iron, iron ore, seafood, lead and lead ore. The comments come after North Korea carried out two intercontinental ballistic missile launches last month, which weapons experts say could reach the USA mainland.

"It will help the DPRK to make the right and smart decision", Wang told reporters, according to a translator, after discussing the sanctions with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Hong-Yo ahead of a regional security forum in the Philippine capital Manila. He urged North Korean authorities to "cease taking actions that might further escalate tensions".

It also freezes assets and introduces travel bans on others involved in activities assisting North Korea, and bans new joint ventures with the rogue state as well as new investment in current joint ventures.

Wang also urged the USA and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations.

The measures would be the seventh set of United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first carried out a nuclear test in 2006. Estimates of North Korean workers overseas range from 50,000 to 200,000, with their labor earning the the government as much as $2 billion to $3 billion a year. "It was not a good day for North Korea".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has no plans to hold talks with Ri in the Philippines, his aides have said, but could meet him inside one of the meetings.

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