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North Korea vows to continue nuclear tests despite condemnation from UN Security Council


North Korea’s statement followed an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council where the country was condemned once more for its behaviour. Kim Jong-un said: “the country was close to the goal of completing their nuclear force and should use all state power to finish as they have nearly reached the terminal”. The Security Council condemned North Korea’s most recent missile launch, putting up a unified front in the face of Pyongyang’s defiance of the body’s efforts to halt international trade with the country. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia expressed frustration over the failure of the Security Council’s actions in stopping North Korea’s nuclear provocations. The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for suggesting that Russia and China aren’t doing enough to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme and demand it that China and Russia take “direct actions” against Pyongyang. “China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own”. Tillerson said in a statement issued soon after the missile firing.

UN experts identify North Korea’s illegal exports worth US$270 million – including commodities sold to China


North Korea illegally exported coal, iron and other commodities worth at least 270 million dollar to China and other countries including India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, in the six-month period ending in early August in violation of UN sanctions. The experts monitoring sanctions said: Kim Jong-un’s government continues to flout sanctions on commodities as well as an arms embargo and restrictions on shipping and financial activities. Between December 2016 and May 2017, North Korea exported over 79 million dollar of iron China, the report said. And between October 2016 and May 2017, it exported iron and steel products to Egypt, China, France, India, Ireland and Mexico valued at 305,713 dollar. And since December 2016, the experts said China, Sri Lanka, and India imported one or more of these minerals in violation of sanctions. In addition, the experts said: DPRK officials and entities have engaged in deceptive financial practices, including opening multiple bank accounts in the same country and in neighbouring countries, North Korea continued to hone it’s evasion tactics.

Kim Jong-un praises ‘perfect success’ of North Korea’s latest nuclear test as UN prepares to vote on tough new sanctions


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un praised the perfect success, and media reported that US drive for tough new sanctions. North Korean Leader called for redoubled efforts to complete the country’s mission to become a recognised nuclear power. Pyongyang says it needs nuclear arms to protect itself from the US, but US has accused the nation of begging for war. The UN Security Council, which is set to consider a new draft resolution presented by Washington that is “the toughest ever imposed on North Korea”. The US is calling for an oil embargo on the North, an assets freeze an ban on textiles and the end to payments of North Korean. China and Russia are thought to have raised opposition to the measures. The request for North Korea is abandon the nuclear programmes, missile programmes and to refrain from more testing, because this is a violation of several UN security resolutions and it’s a threat to international peace and stability.

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