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North Korea poses substantial nuclear threat to US: Kim Jong

23 December 2017

The latest intercontinental missile test done by North Korea happened on November 29 and the country claims it can target any location in the United States mainland and withstand reentry to the Earth's atmosphere.

On Friday, the United Nations Security Council adopted new sanctions on North Korea after the country launched its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test and experts say the sanctions may seriously hit the country's already struggling economy.

A week after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called out Russian Federation and China for their support of Kim Jong Un's regime, the 15-member Security Council passed its fourth resolution against Pyongyang in 13 months on Friday.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said according to the BBC, that the sanctions sent a "unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishments and isolation".

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Resolution 2397 cuts exports of gasoline, diesel and other refined oil products by a total of 89%, Haley said.

The sanctions, passed on Friday, include a ban on almost 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea.

The resolution also bans exports of industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to the DPRK.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley votes among other members of the United Nations Security Council to impose new sanctions on North Korea, in NY, U.S., December 22, 2017.

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Columnist for NK News, Peter Ward said the sanctions would be "devastating" for the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea's (DPRK) haulage industry, and for businesses and people using home generators.

The previous sanctions resolution was adopted on September 11 in response o North Korea's sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion on September 3. The measure also prohibits insurance for all North Korean-affiliated vessels.

The U.S. Mission said a cutoff on new work permits would eventually cost North Korea about $500 million a year once current work permits expire. The United States stations 28,500 troops in the South, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

The Security Council resolution expresses concern about income from North Korean workers in foreign countries.

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