12 September 2017
By Justice Nwafor
The UN Security Council on Monday slammed more damming Sanctions on North Korea following the country’s sixth and largest nuclear test, Al-Jazeera reports. The sanctions however seems to be a watered down version of the original draft by the U.S.
The sanction which had the support of Russia and China places ban on textile exports and restricts shipments of oil products to North Korea.
According to ABC News reports, the ban restricts North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates. But it only caps the North’s imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months, and it limits the import of refined petroleum products to 2 million barrels a year. It also bans all textile exports and prohibits all countries from authorising new work permits for North Korean workers – two key sources of hard currency.
The U.S. had earlier proposed an assets freeze on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and a complete ban on countries selling oil to his government. Al-Jazeera reports that the measures were softened to appease China and Russia.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, commenting on the ban, said that the U.S. was relenting from full military option because North Korea had “not passed the point of no return”.
He promised that sanctions would be eased once North Korea abandoned its nuclear ambitions. He also remarked that the strong relationship between U.S. president and his Chinese counterpart was instrumental in reaching the latest UN Council resolutions against North Korea.
It would be recalled that this is the 9th resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member council since 2006 over North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.