Kyodo: US Seeks Robust Sanctions on N. Korea Including Oil Ban

Write : 2016-01-22 19:12:39 Update : 2016-01-22 19:13:49

Kyodo: US Seeks Robust Sanctions on N. Korea Including Oil Ban

Japan's Kyodo news agency reports that the United States has sounded out China and other countries about banning oil exports to North Korea as part of new U.N. sanctions against the regime's fourth nuclear test.
The report cited a diplomatic source as saying on Thursday that the U.S. has also proposed that countries ban mineral resource imports from North Korea and prohibit Air Koryo, Pyongyang's only civic airline operator, from entering their airspace.
The Kyodo report noted that iron ore and anthracite are known as major sources of foreign currency income for North Korea.
Kyodo also said that Washington is playing hardball with Beijing in a bid to get the U.N. Security Council to adopt a new resolution with robust sanctions against North Korea.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit China on Wednesday to discuss this issue. 
The report however added that Beijing is unlikely to green-light Washington's proposed sanctions against Pyongyang as they are effectively tantamount to an economic blockade.

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