Res­o­lu­tion sig­nals global op­po­si­tion to N. Korean weapons: S. Korea

The Myanmar Times - - World -

ON Tues­day hailed the adop­tion of a stricter sanc­tions res­o­lu­tion by the U.N. Se­cu­rity Council as a sign of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s united op­po­si­tion to North Korea’s nu­clear weapons de­vel­op­ment.

South Korean pres­i­den­tial spokesman Park Soo Hyun told re­porters that the res­o­lu­tion “sig­ni­fies the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s con­sen­sus and over­whelm­ing sup­port that sanc­tions stronger than the pre­vi­ous res­o­lu­tion are needed in re­sponse to North Korea’s nu­clear test.”

The Se­cu­rity Council in New York on Mon­day unan­i­mously ap­proved the new sanc­tions res­o­lu­tion im­pos­ing the first re­stric­tions on ex­ports of crude oil and pe­tro­leum prod­ucts to North Korea fol­low­ing its sixth and most pow­er­ful to date nu­clear test.

Park said North Korea should re­al­ize that its reck­less chal­lenge to in­ter­na­tional peace would only bring in stronger sanc­tions.

“North Korea should not try to test the res­o­lute re­solve of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and (must) come to a ta­ble of di­a­logue,” he said. “Com­plete, ir­re­versible and ver­i­fi­able de­nu­cle­ariza­tion is the only path (for Py­ongyang) to es­cape from diplo­matic iso­la­tion and eco­nomic pres­sure.”

Ear­lier Tues­day, the South Korean For­eign Min­istry is­sued a sim­i­lar state­ment, say­ing the Se­cu­rity Council “reaf­firmed the strong re­solve of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity not to tol­er­ate North Korea’s reck­less and ir­re­spon­si­ble nu­clear de­vel­op­ment.”

De­scrib­ing Py­ongyang’s nu­clear pro­gram as “a se­ri­ous chal­lenge to the global peace and se­cu­rity,” the min­istry urged North Korea to heed the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s grim warn­ing that its re­peated provoca­tive ac­tions would only deepen diplo­matic iso­la­tion and eco­nomic hard­ships.

The min­istry also said in the state­ment that South Korea will fur­ther strengthen its co­op­er­a­tion with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to en­sure that all Se­cu­rity Council res­o­lu­tions are fully im­ple­mented.

In a press brief­ing, min­istry spokesman Cho June Hyuck said that the sanc­tions are “ex­pected to in­flict much stronger suf­fer­ing on the North Korean lead­er­ship by cut­ting off” the sources of fi­nance for Py­ongyang’s nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grams.

Cho said the puni­tive mea­sures will re­duce oil im­ports to North Korea by about 30 per­cent and ban its ex­ports of tex­tiles and the is­suance of per­mits for North Kore­ans to work abroad.

Ten­sions are high on the penin­sula fol­low­ing the North’s sixth nu­clear test on Sept. 3. Py­ongyang has re­peat­edly launched mis­siles in de­fi­ance of in­ter­na­tional warn­ings, in­clud­ing two in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles, over the past year. – Ky­odo

Photo: AP

The United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Council votes to pass a new sanc­tions res­o­lu­tion against North Korea dur­ing a meet­ing at U.N. head­quar­ters, Mon­day, Septem­ber 11, 2017.

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