US calls for UNSC meet over N.Korea draft resolution

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A U.S. official, familiar with the council negotiations and speaking on condition of anonymity, said North Korea imports some 4.5 million barrels of refined petroleum products annually and four million barrels of crude oil.

With backing from China and Russian Federation, the council voted 15-0 on Monday to slap a ban on textile exports and restrict shipments of oil products to North Korea.

"We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing, we are now trying to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing", she added.

The US first circulated a draft resolution that called for a full ban on exports of oil to North Korea and an asset freeze on leader Kim Jong Un, the Worker's Party and the government of North Korea.

The United States had sought much stronger sanctions, including a complete oil embargo, an asset freeze on leader Kim Jong Un, and authorization to use military force if necessary to interdict ships suspected of smuggling banned items.

While President Donald Trump's administration does not rule out military options in dealing with the threat posed by North Korea, a USA pre-emptive strike is an unlikely scenario in addressing the nuclear standoff, according to security experts.

It's just the latest example of the illicit ways North Korea allegedly brings in money as it endures wave after wave of increasingly tough global sanctions over its rapidly advancing nuclear weapons program.

Known for being the last stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok sits in the furthest reaches of Russia's far east, on a spit of land which hooks around China down to the Korean Peninsula. But China said after Monday's vote it supported the resolution.

North Korea commemorated the 69th anniversary of its founding on Saturday, holding large patriotic displays of dancing and devotion to the Kim family.

The unanimous decision was a response to North Korea's latest nuclear test, and is the latest in a long string of sanctions against the secretive state.

North Korea's top envoy to a leading United Nations disarmament body said Tuesday his country "categorically" rejects the new sanctions.

"The world will witness how the DPRK tames the USA gangsters by taking a series of actions tougher than they have ever envisaged", the unnamed spokesman said.

The US official said the ban on textile exports would deprive North Korea of some $726 million in annual revenue.

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His remarks come on the same day Reuters reported that Kim celebrated his country's latest nuclear test by honoring nuclear scientists, technicians, government officials and military officers.

The restrictions bar members of the United Nations from issuing work permits to North Korean labourers, who are a source of revenue to Pyongyang's economy.

Kim Hyun-Wook of Seoul's Korea National Diplomatic Academy, predicted: "The sanctions will only provide North Korea with an excuse for further provocations, such as an ICBM launch".

"We really like Vladivostok", a North Korean worker told CNN ahead of the sanctions vote. "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.

The publicity stunt came as his envoy to the United Nations warned "forthcoming measures" will "make the U.S. suffer the greatest pain" it has ever experienced.

Many advocates for the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" strategy to coerce the leadership in Pyongyang to give up its nuclear program say this latest round of sanctions is still not strong enough.

She added it also completely banned natural gas and other products that could be used as a substitute for those fuels.

But Kang added both the US and South Korea believed in following a policy of "responding firmly (to) provocations through tough sanctions while leaving the door open for dialogue". "Make no mistake about it, our firmness today is our best antidote to the risk of war, to the risk of confrontation, and our firmness today is our best tool for a political solution tomorrow", he said.

The resolution represents a swift response to North Korea's sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion September 3, which it said was a hydrogen bomb, and to its escalating launches of increasingly sophisticated ballistic missiles that it says can reach the United States.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said it unleash everything in its power to wipe out American "gangsters" North Korea detonated a massive nuclear bomb last Sunday.

The characteristically hyperbolic statement from the regime's foreign ministry likened the a "bloodthirsty beast" and said the world will witness how North Korea "tames the USA gangsters by taking series of action tougher than they have ever envisaged".

Hydrogen bombs have a far larger yield than traditional weapons, meaning devices can be smaller while providing greater devastation.

Aside from Baranov's ferry, and the occasional Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang, the only other link between the two countries is an irregular train which runs from Pyongyang to the town of Khasan, 76 miles (120 km) south of Vladivostok on the Tumen River near the border with North Korea.

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