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WorldU.S. North Korea Envoy Urges Security Council Unity on Sanctions

03:30  15 march  2019
03:30  15 march  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

Trump’s diplomacy with Kim dims as both sides return to hard-line positions

Trump’s diplomacy with Kim dims as both sides return to hard-line positions “We are not going to do denuclearization incrementally,” the U.S. envoy said, raising concerns about whether the two sides can find room to negotiate.

The Security Council of the United Nations (UNSC) has adopted 21 resolutions concerning North Korea . Five resolutions were adopted during the Korean War in the 1950 s . In 1991, a single resolution was adopted regarding North Korea ' s accession to membership in the UN.

A number of countries and international bodies have imposed sanctions against North Korea . Currently, many sanctions are concerned with North Korea ' s nuclear weapons program and were

U.S. North Korea Envoy Urges Security Council Unity on Sanctions© Bloomberg Kim Jong Un, North Korea's leader, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump’s envoy for North Korea called on United Nations Security Council members to stay united in pressuring Kim Jong Un’s government to give up its nuclear weapons following the failed talks between Trump and Kim in Hanoi last month.

Special Representative Stephen Biegun briefed council members at the U.S. mission in New York on Thursday, and stressed the importance of ensuring that UN sanctions are maintained and fully implemented amid ongoing North Korea denuclearization talks, according to a diplomat who was present at the meeting and requested anonymity to discuss it.

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The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security . It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression.

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council on Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution to impose the most punishing sanctions yet against North Korea over its repeated defiance of a ban on testing missiles and nuclear bombs.

Both China and Russia have called for easing sanctions on North Korea, a move the U.S. thinks could jeopardize the Kim regime’s willingness to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

Pressuring Kim through crippling sanctions is crucial to the U.S. effort to get him to abandon his nuclear ambitions. A UN report this week showed North Korea is successfully evading sanctions through elaborate methods to import oil, export coal and hack into foreign banks.

Earlier this week, Biegun told the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s nuclear conference in Washington that the U.S. would not accept a phased denuclearization by North Korea even as he reiterated that the Trump administration is still “very much engaged with our counterparts in North Korea.”

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After briefing U .N. Security Council envoys in New York, U . S . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U . S . Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley The U .N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang’ s nuclear

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Trump said he ended a meeting with Kim in the Vietnamese capital after the North Korean leader had asked for complete sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling the country’s main nuclear complex. The U.S. wanted more action by Pyongyang on hidden nuclear facilities, as well as warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach the American mainland.

“We’d lift that pressure, but in exchange for only a portion of those weapons of mass destruction programs,” Biegun said at the Carnegie Endowment conference on Monday. “That would have put us in a position, a very difficult position, of essentially subsidizing what would potentially be ongoing development of weapons of mass destruction in North Korea. We need a total solution.”

After a series of missile launches and nuclear weapons tests by North Korea in 2017, the Security Council imposed three rounds of sanctions on Pyongyang, including bans on exports of iron, coal, lead, seafood and textiles as well as some oil-import restrictions.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Wainer in New York at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Bill Faries at [email protected], John Harney, Colin Keatinge

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