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North Korea takes advantage of poor enforcement of sanctions, says United Nations committee

14 September 2017

North Korea has rejected a "illegal and unlawful" UN Security Council resolution imposing tougher sanctions following the reclusive nation's sixth and largest nuclear test.

On Monday, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions against North Korea for its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3.

And boy does North Korea need hard currency - its trade with the outside world is small and new sanctions imposed this week will reduce it further by banning its textiles trade and capping the number of guest workers it is allowed to send overseas.

A panel of United Nations experts said in a report released over the weekend that North Korea had smuggled commodities worth some US$270 million from February to August - to China and other countries including India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka.

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And that means that, if sanctions are to be the answer, the United States needs to go unilateral - and expect some wrath from China, Kim's ally and main trading partner.

North Korea says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself from "hostile" U.S. forces.

Pyongyang also said it was "enraged" by the neighbouring countries that showed support for the new sanctions imposed by the UNSC on Monday. Just a week before, US officials met with their Chinese counterparts in Washington in an attempt to pressure Beijing to do more about North Korea. While the USA and China agree the Korean peninsula should be rid of nuclear weapons, they differ on how best to achieve that.

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China in turn favours an worldwide response to the problem.

It's just the latest example of the illicit ways North Korea allegedly brings in money as it endures wave after wave of increasingly tough global sanctions over its rapidly advancing nuclear weapons program.

However, some government officials are opposed to the golf plan, saying Abe has no time to "take it easy" amid the heightened tensions with North Korea.

The Bank of China, the China Construction Bank and the Agricultural Bank of China have blocked North Koreans from making deposits or remittances, as well as from opening new accounts.

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The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to start authorizations on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned and fuel supplies completed.

North Korea takes advantage of poor enforcement of sanctions, says United Nations committee