World War 3: UN risks wrath of Kim Jong-un as North Korea slapped with EXTREME sanctions

Friday, December 22, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE United Nations Security Council risked the wrath of Kim Jong-un after the organisation imposed a tough round of extreme sanctions on North Korea.

Fri, Dec 22, 2017

The move, backed by the US, will anger the Pyongyang despot after the UN attempted to punish the rogue state for its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.

Kim will be furious that his isolated and struggling economy could be crippled, experts warn, because the resolution seeks to ban nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum product exports to North Korea.

The measure will cap them at 500,000 barrels a year and, in what diplomats said was a last-minute change, demands the repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months, instead of 12 months as first proposed.

The US-drafted resolution would also cap crude oil supplies to North Korea at four million barrels a year.

Peter Ward, a columnist for NK News, a website that tracks North Korea, said: “If they were enforced, the cap on oil would be devastating for North Korea’s haulage industry, for North Koreans who use generators at home or for productive activities, and for (state-owned enterprises) that do the same.”

Michael Kirby, who led a UN inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea, added that cutting off fuel imports would be “a very serious step”.

He said: “Cutting off oil, petroleum supplies, would obviously have a very big impact on the ordinary population.”

China, which supplies most of North Korea’s oil, has backed successive rounds of UN sanctions but had resisted past US calls to cut off supplies to its neighbour.

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