Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

'UN Panel Finds N. Korea Using Loopholes to Avoid UN Sanctions'

'UN Panel Finds N. Korea Using Loopholes to Avoid UN Sanctions'

A senior administration official later told reporters that the USA won't let North Korea extort or threaten the world with its nuclear programme, and that the administration isn't sure the country could be deterred.

The draft was circulated among Security Council members on Wednesday. Trump administration intends to organize a vote session on Monday to decide the fate of this document.

Meanwhile, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday said his country will support new measures against North Korea following the latest nuclear test by the Kim Jong-un regime. The U.S. also identified nine North Korean ships that failed to comply with the previous United Nations resolutions. "The other they want to see the color of China's money".

While North Koreans decorated statues with flowers, the U.N. was preparing for a Monday vote on new sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its recent uptick in long-range missile tests and a sixth nuclear test. Mexico also became the latest nation to respond by expelling North Korea's ambassadors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week that sanctions alone could not resolve the impasse on the Korean Peninsula. Beijing and Moscow have called for a resolution that would halt North Korean nuclear missile tests in exchange for the US and South Korea halting their traditional joint military exercises, a notion the Trump administration rejected.

"The US intent is so strong on this issue and clearly they are throwing a lot at this", said a Security Council diplomat.

This image distributed on Sunday Sept. 3 2017 by the North Korean government shows Kim at an undisclosed location during a test of what it claims was a hydrogen bomb that's ready to be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile
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"The Russians and the Chinese are categorically opposed".

United Nations diplomats said that a ministerial-level Security Council meeting on North Korea could be held during the high-level debate of the General Assembly starting on September 19.

Mexico has given North Korea's ambassador 72 hours to leave the country, though Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray later said it had not broken off diplomatic ties.

He added, "To get the situation contained without war is going to be really hard, and that's if we've got our diplomacy right", he said.

As for the North Koreans, their official news agency Friday said the country's "nuclear weaponization. has reached its final phase".

The KCNA report sharply criticized U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley for playing "the flagship role" in the Trump administration's "hideous sanctions and pressure racket against the DPRK". The agency accused the US of being the "chieftain of aggression and war and wrecker of peace".

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