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Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

China urges North Korea to 'take seriously' bid to halt nuclear program

China urges North Korea to 'take seriously' bid to halt nuclear program

Observers have said Beijing might agree to just a partial, or temporary, oil exports ban.

Before the measures were approved, Pyongyang warned the United States on September 11 that it would "pay a price" for spearheading the UN sanctions effort.

The Sept 3 detonation was the country's largest and prompted global outrage, with the UN Security Council set to discuss a new draft resolution presented by Washington that would be the toughest-ever imposed against the isolated regime.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on state media that if the U.S. "does rig up the illegal and unlawful 'resolution, '" it would respond in kind.

The US official said the ban on textile exports would deprive North Korea of some $726 million in annual revenue.

But the new measures instead only place limits on such products.

President Donald Trump called for harsh measures to be taken against the country, even considering the possibility that the US would stop trading with any country that traded with North Korea.

During tough negotiations, the United States dropped initial demands for a full oil embargo and a freeze on the foreign assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in a bid to win support from China and Russian Federation. And the new measure dilutes the original language that would have banned the import of North Korean laborers altogether, saying that countries should not provide work authorization papers unless necessary for humanitarian assistance or denuclearization.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry issued the statement on Monday saying it was "ready and willing" to retaliate if the new United Nations sanctions were approved during a vote planned for Monday evening. "We are not looking for war". The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return.

There could also be a total asset freeze on the country's leader Kim Jong Un.

Ms Haley insisted the U.S. has no desire to overthrow the country - but compared the threat from North Korea's nuclear ambitions to the September 11 attacks of 16 years ago.

North Korea's embassy in Lima declined comment.

"We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing, we are now trying to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing", she added, as quoted by CNN.

Ms Haley last week dismissed this proposal as "insulting".

President Trump has previously said all options are on the table when it comes to the rogue state.

The resolution would particularly hit North Korea's textile exports, which are second only to coal and other minerals in generating earnings, bringing in a total of $752 million a year ago, according to the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.

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