Japan asks China to cut labour from North Korea

Japan asks China to cut labour from North Korea

Japan asks China to cut labour from North Korea

The U.N. Security Council (UNSC) agreed to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea on Saturday, created to put economic pressure on Kim Jong Un's government as a form of punishment for escalating its nuclear and missile programs and threatening the safety of its neighboring countries.

The United States and China, North Korea's main ally, have been wrestling with how best to respond to the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests, which have deepened global fears that the missiles would be able to strike the USA mainland.

Recently, US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley said that any new resolution by the UN Security Council "that does not significantly increase the global pressure on North Korea is of no value".

The sanctions will slash North Korea's annual export revenue of $3 billion by more than a third, according to a statement from Haley's office. This represents one-third of its total exports previous year, estimated at $3 billion.

Critics say the outline of key principles is lopsidedly in China's favor and suspect that Beijing may have consented to it to divert protests as it tries to complete and fortify man-made islands in the South China Sea with a missile defense system.

"The aim is to bring the peninsula nuclear issue back to the negotiating table and seek a solution through negotiations until the denuclearization of the peninsula and the stability of the peninsula are achieved", he said, as quoted by the AP.

One of the diplomats tells The Associated Press that Cambodia expressed concern over the issuance by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' foreign ministers of a separate statement criticizing North Korea's two ICBM tests last month.

He urged the North to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, speaking at the Security Council meeting where the vote took place on Saturday, said: "Monday (July 31), we said that the time for talking was over and that it was time for action".

Beijing has declared an area the size of West Virginia off-limits to civilian vessels, ahead of extensive three-day naval exercises near the coast of North Korea.

It also said if the two states continued threatening North Korea and imposing sanctions they would meet "shameful ruin". The potential meetings come as the North faces intense worldwide pressure to curtail its nuclear weapons programme.

"We stress that additional restrictions can not be an end to themselves, they need to be a tool to engage in dialogue", said Russia's new ambassador to the U.N., Vassily Nebenzia.

Foreign companies have been banned from investing in North Korean businesses or issue any more permits to additional permits to North Korean laborers.

North Korea, accused the US and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills in the region.

Mr Tillerson said this week that such talks would have to be predicated on the North giving up its nuclear weapons aspirations and that those conditions have not yet been met by North Korea's government.

U.S. President Donald Trump is tweeting his support for tough new sanctions against North Korea unanimously approved by the U.N. Security Council. China, North Korea's biggest customer by far, signed on.

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