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For the latest resolution, however, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, at an emergency council meeting on August 4, expressed her plan to distribute a draft in a short time frame and then put it to a vote on Monday. "We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing" and now are instead taking steps to prevent it "from doing the wrong thing". Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, told the Security Council on Monday that Moscow supported the resolution because "leaving nuclear tests without a firm reaction would be wrong".

"Today we are saying that that the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea".

China, North Korea's sole ally and main trading partner, had strongly objected to an oil embargo initially sought by the United States out of fear it would bring the North's economy to its knees. "President Trump needs to come out very strongly and say that needs to stop now", Kazianis said last week.

The draft resolution, in final form, has taken out the travel and assets ban against Kim Jong Un, which would have been the first time that the North Korean leader was personally named in a resolution. The new sanctions impose a limit on deliveries of refined oil products and restricts crude oil shipments at their current level. Ultimately, China and Russian Federation will have to decide if they want to stay aligned to North Korea, a nation that offers little value except as a buffer against USA hegemony, or if they want to maintain amicable relations with the world's largest superpower.

Although China also is upset at Pyongyang's adventurism, Beijing is apparently anxious that causing more instability in North Korea by cutting off such a vital commodity will harm Chinese interests, such as refugees fleeing into the country or American troops moving closer to its borders.

The textile ban is significant.

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The restrictions bar members of the United Nations from issuing work permits to North Korean labourers, who are a source of revenue to Pyongyang's economy.

After negotiating late into Sunday evening with China, the US has submitted a proposed sanctions resolution against North Korea, crafted as a response to the North's sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis last week to step up the imposition of US sanctions on Chinese entities that help enable North Korea's illicit activities, according to a column carried in the Monday edition of The Washington Post.

As described by media reports, the draft referred to tough steps such as expelling North Koreans working overseas and inspecting cargo ships - a measure that does not rule out resorting to military action.

The original US draft would have ordered all countries to impose an asset freeze and travel ban on Kim Jong Un and four other top party and government officials.

As many as 60,000 North Koreans are working in more than 50 countries, according to estimates from South Korea's foreign ministry. During Saturday's celebratory concert, images of North Korea's achievements were presented on the big screen, a not uncommon pastime for the regime.

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While President Donald Trump's administration does not rule out military options in dealing with the threat posed by North Korea, a USA pre-emptive strike is an unlikely scenario in addressing the nuclear standoff, according to security experts. It said the USA would pay a heavy price if the sanctions proposed by Washington are adopted.

Pyongyang branded the sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council "vicious" and vowed revenge.

Kim Hyun-Wook of Seoul's Korea National Diplomatic Academy, predicted: "The sanctions will only provide North Korea with an excuse for further provocations, such as an ICBM launch".

French Ambassador Francois Delattre said, "We are facing not a regional but a global threat, not a virtual but an immediate threat, not a serious but an existential threat".

"We don't take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today".

But that missile defence system was deployed as a response to North Korea's weapons programme.

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