North Korea vows harsh retaliation against new United Nations sanctions



The U.S. sanctions regime, said John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch, is multi-faceted, as it takes aim at individuals who are involved in human rights abuses.

The United States says it will be watching China closely to ensure it fully and continuously implements new U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

"A lot of people are making a lot out of the fact that China voted for these sanctions...basically what it boils down to is China is not going to let North Korea be brought to its knees to force North Korea to the negotiating table", said Person.

"We have no intention to use our nuclear arms against any country except the USA if it does not join the U.S.'s military actions against the republic".

The U.S. -sponsored sanctions approved unanimously Saturday by the U.N. Security Council target already-meager North Korean exports such as coal, iron, lead and seafood, as well as revenue streams such as foreign joint ventures.

At the same time, US officials acknowledge that even if the sanctions are properly enforced, there is no guarantee they will be any more effective than previous rounds, which have failed to halt steady progress in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Trump posted a message on Twitter on Tuesday in the US applauding the UN's action.

The White House said the two leaders "affirmed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat" to most countries around the world. "With his approval ratings falling even with his base, Trump is trapped between the realities of dealing with China and his campaign promises to get tough on trade".

U.S. President Donald Trump may have talked "fire and fury" against North Korea if the rogue state threatened the U.S. He cited the "very big financial impact" of the sanctions and noted optimistically that both China and Russian Federation had joined in the unanimous vote.

China "hopes North Korea can echo this signal from the United States", Wang added. "The key is that we can not let the situation to continue to escalate, and we need to find an opportunity to turn things around amid the crisis".

On Saturday, the 10 ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations issued a rare statement on the tests, saying such acts "seriously threaten peace, security and stability in the region and the world" and urging the North's "full compliance" with UNSC resolutions.

"The North Korean regime is gonna have to make a choice".

He will also for the first time be in the same room as North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Hong-Yo, who defied USA attempts to isolate Pyongyang to attend the ASEAN regional forum. Ri said the offer "lacks sincerity", according to the unnamed official. Instead, the USA was represented at the dinner by Thornton, whose official title is acting assistant secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs.

Flags of US and China are placed for a meeting between Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and China's Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu at the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing, China June 30, 2017.

About 35 percent of those surveyed by CBS News say they are confident in the president's ability to handle the North Korean situation.

The U.S. -drafted measure, negotiated with North Korea's neighbor and ally China, is aimed at increasing economic pressure on Pyongyang to return to negotiations on its nuclear and missile programs. "This is really about the spirit of these talks, and they can demonstrate they're ready to sit with a spirit of finding a way forward in these talks by no longer conducting these missile tests", he said.

"What we have to do is everything we can to pressure this regime, to pressure Kim Jong-un and those around him such that they conclude, it is in their interest to denuclearize", he said.

A North Korean "moratorium" on missile launches is one element of a Chinese-Russian proposal for a "double freeze" to pave the way for a resumption of talks on the denuclearization of the peninsula. He called the sanctions "too little, too late" to cut off financing for the nuclear program.