UNSC Adopts Watered-down Resolution on N. Korean Nuclear Test

Write : 2017-09-12 13:20:27 Update : 2017-09-13 11:27:00

UNSC Adopts Watered-down Resolution on N. Korean Nuclear Test

Anchor: The UN Security Council held a plenary session on Monday and unanimously adopted Resolution 2375 in response to North Korea's sixth nuclear test on September third. It is the first time the Security Council has targeted oil in its sanctions against Pyongyang. However, the new resolution was significantly weakened compared to the first U.S.-authored draft, which initially proposed blacklisting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un along with a full-fledged oil embargo against the North.
Kim Bum-soo has more. 
[Sound bite: Ethiopian Ambassador to the UN Tekeda Alemu (English)]
"The result of the voting is as follows. The draft resolution received 15 votes in favor. The draft resolution has been adopted unanimously."
To reach the consensus with China and Russia, the new resolution had to be watered down. 
The initial draft by Washington called for blacklisting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and a full-fledged oil embargo. The final agreement was settled at restricting North Korea's oil consumption by about 30 percent and Kim is kept off the blacklist, avoiding an asset freeze and travel ban.
While placing a cap on refined petroleum product sales to North Korea at two million barrels annually, or about half the current level, the resolution also bans countries from buying textile products or hiring workers from North Korea. 
[Sound bite: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley]
"Today's resolution would not have happened without the strong relationship that has developed between President Trump and Chinese President Xi, and we greatly appreciate both teams working with us.... We don't take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today. We are not looking for war. The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return. If it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future. If it proves that it will live in peace, the world will live in peace with it."
While U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley praised Beijing for joining the move, her Chinese and Russian counterparts reiterated their call for suspending Seoul and Washington's joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula and stopping the North Korean nuclear program in return. 
[Sound bite: Chinese Ambassador to UN Liu Jieyi (Mandarin)]
"At present the situation on the Peninsula is sensitive, and complex and grave. The relevant parties should remain cool-headed and avoid any rhetoric and avoid any action or rhetoric that would aggravate the tension."
[Sound bite: Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia (Russian)]
"We think it is a big mistake to underestimate this Russia-China initiative. It remains on the table at the Security Council, and we will insist on it being considered."
It was the ninth sanctions resolution adopted by the UN Security Council since 2006 over Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear activities. 
[Sound bite: S. Korean Ambassador to UN Cho Tae-yul (English)]
"We believe that these measures if fully implemented will significantly undercut North Korea's capability to pursue further nuclear weapons development. The resolution also sends a clear message to Pyongyang that enough is enough."
The South Korean Ambassador to the UN, Cho Tae-yul, hoped that by observing the latest deal, the funding and fueling of the North Korean nuclear program would slow down.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.

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