WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – North Korea is furious after the UN Security Council passed it toughest sanctions yet against the country following their two recent missiles tests that showed the capability of reaching the US.
Over the weekend two of North Korea’s most powerful trade allies, China and Russia, appear to be willing to help apply more pressure as well.
“I think it’s quite clear in terms of there being no daylight among the international community as to the expectation that North Korea will take steps to achieve all of our objectives which is a denuclearized Korean Peninsula,” said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
The UN resolution, drawn up by the US, bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, lead, and seafood, which could cut the country’s exports by a third. It was unanimously passed by a vote of 15-0.
This is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said the sanctions would cripple Pyongyang.
“These sanctions will give the North Korean leadership a taste of the deprivation they have chosen to inflict on the North Korean people,” said Haley.
But that’s only if China stays on board.
At the ASEAN Summit, China took an uncharacteristically stern posture, telling North Korea’s foreign minister that the regime needed to calm down, accept the sanctions, and not retaliate. But Beijing also urged the U.S. and South Korea to cease military operations and remove the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system – something neither country accepts.
“Our annual joint military exercises have been carried out regularly and openly for nearly 40 years. They will continue,” said Haley.
During an hour-long phone call Sunday night, the White House says President Donald Trump and South Korea’s president agreed to work together to reign in North Korea.
After the call, President Trump took to Twitter.
Just completed call with President Moon of South Korea. Very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote on North Korea sanctions.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
North Korea responded to the vote by saying it will launch “thousands fold” revenge against the U.S. for the sanctions.
White House officials say Moon discussed a need to show North Korea that the door to dialogue is still open, should Pyongyang give up its nuclear program.
North and South Korea are technically still at war because their conflict in the 50s ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.