Seoul detects radioactive gas from N. Korea nuke test


The United States is on the path of military confrontation with North Korea, a diplomat from the isolated country said Tuesday, making clear that the new U.S. -drafted U.N. sanctions that passed the Security Council would not defuse the nuclear standoff.

“This is a compromise in order to get everybody on board, ” French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said of the draft ahead of the vote.

In the latest sanction slapped on the country, the UN Security Council on Monday banned North Korean textile exports, an important source of hard currency, and capped its imports of crude oil.

A week ago Haley called for the “strongest possible” sanctions, but after several days of negotiations, Washington dropped several measures to win the support of Russian Federation and China, including a bid for an oil embargo and the blacklisting of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the national airline.

In a statement by South Korea's foreign ministry said the sanction is result of a "strict warning from the global community", while it also informed that the South will continue to strengthen cooperation with the worldwide community to ensure that the resolutions "are thoroughly implemented". "My delegation condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the latest illegal and unlawful UN Security Council resolution", said North Korean Ambassador to Switzerland Han Tae-song during the UN Conference on Disarmament, which was held in Geneva on September 12.

The resolution is a water-down version of the original United States proposal, but it does ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates, as well as bans all textile exports and prohibits all countries from authorising new work permits for North Korean workers. The draft was ultimately watered down to win the support of China and Russian Federation, both veto-wielding members of the Security Council."We had a vote yesterday on sanctions", Trump said, according to a transcript of his remarks.

North Korea's powerful nuclear test earlier this month may have been even stronger than first reported, equivalent to roughly 17 times the strength of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, according to a new analysis by a US monitoring group.

"This could increase the possibility of North Korea's collapse and have an adverse impact on China as well", he said.

Frustrated US lawmakers called at a House hearing on Tuesday for a "supercharged" response to North Korea and said Washington should act alone if necessary to stiffen sanctions on Chinese firms and any country doing business with Pyongyang.

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North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations spoke about the sanctions, saying he categorically rejected them.

KELEMEN: Well, China and Russian Federation have been encouraging that and repeated that again on the floor of the Security Council today.

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"If China doesn't follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the United States and worldwide dollar system, and that's quite meaningful", he told a conference in NY, broadcast on CNBC.

South Korea's defense minister is publicly boasting that it will create a new "decapitation unit" called the Spartan 3000 with the express intent of taking out North Korean leadership, The New York Times reports.

Unfortunately, the new sanctions are likely to have more of a symbolic effect than a tangible one.

The statement published by state news agency KCNA "categorically" rejected the sanctions, and pointed out that they would "strengthen (North Korea's) resolve" to aggressively pursue its nuclear weapons program "at a faster pace without the slightest diversion until this fight to the finish is over". This has resulted in North Korea's oppressed common people enduring starvation and suffering, yet the measures have failed to stop the nation's progress toward developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could soon perhaps make it to the US mainland.

Those isotopes could show if the bomb tested on September 3 was a plutonium or uranium device, according to the South's nuclear safety agency.

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