Trump says United Nations sanctions on NKorea 'small step'


"We are acting in response to a unsafe new development", USA envoy Nikki Haley told the Security Council after the vote. If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future.

The original US draft would have ordered all countries to impose an asset freeze and travel ban on Kim Jong Un and four other top party and government officials. Haley made clear that no talks or sanctions have worked to halt the regime's nuclear program.

Australia has backed tough new sanctions against North Korea, which have been unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council.

Security Council diplomats, who weren't authorized to speak publicly because talks have been private, said the United States and China were still negotiating the text late Sunday.

"We hope Security Council members on the basis of sufficient consultations reach consensus and project a united voice". A draft resolution needs nine affirmative votes from members of the Council and zero vetoes from permanent members in order to pass.

The North's Foreign Ministry spokesman said the United States was "going frantic" to manipulate the Security Council over Pyongyang's nuclear test, which it said was part of "legitimate self-defensive measures".

MCEVERS: And a diplomatic solution of course does require some diplomacy, not just sanctions. In a clear message to North Korean threats to attack the USA, she said: "We will never forget the lesson that those who have evil intentions must be confronted".

The Security Council has called for the resumption of six-party talks aimed at negotiating a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

When these new stronger sanctions are added to those passed last month, over 90 per cent of North Korea's publicly reported exports are now fully banned.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has warned that tougher sanctions will only be counter-productive.

The resolution, responding to Pyongyang's sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion on September 3, does ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates. -South Korea military drills.

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Earlier this month North Korea launched its biggest nuclear bomb test, prompting global condemnation as U.S. President Donald Trump said "appeasement" would not work.

Washington has said military action remains an option in dealing with Pyongyang and threatened to cut economic ties with the countries that continue to trade with it. "Beyond sanctions there is not much cohesion as to the path ahead".

According to North Korea, the USA "is trying to use Pyongyang's legitimate self-defensive measures as an excuse to strangle and completely suffocate it".

The proposal included a ban on oil and textile exports to North Korea and prohibited North Korean citizens from working overseas.

On Aug. 30, Trump said "talking is not the answer" when it comes to dealing with Pyongyang.

Since Kim Jong-un's ascendancy in December 2011, North Korea has accelerated its missile development programme.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the council after the vote that "we don't take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today".

However, China's official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary that the Trump administration was making a mistake by rejecting diplomatic engagement with the North. "I've pointed out this involves us, we are closer to these nuclear weapons than Los Angeles".

With fresh United Nations sanctions and bitcoin's skyrocketing value, "the potential windfall from these attacks has risen accordingly", Boland said. This time officials said they wanted to circulate their own draft.

"It might create problems or delays for those working overseas, but it's not gonna have a substantial effect on North Korea's plans or what they will do with their strategic weapons".