Acting assistant Secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific Susan Thornton stated that Washington is ready to apply sanctions to Moscow and Beijing if they won’t cooperate on North Korean issues. On Tuesday, September 12, reports TASS.
According to Thornton, the United States hopes to work together with China and Russia in the ongoing dialogue about how to exert pressure on the DPRK. “We also made it clear that if China and Russia will not act, we will apply the tools that are at our disposal,” she said.
Earlier, on 11 September, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution imposing new sanctions against the DPRK. According to the document will be restrictions on the supply to DPRK of petroleum products. Is also the limit on the supply to North Korea of crude oil — the volumes should not exceed the figures for the past 12 months. Also, the DPRK will not be able to buy condensates and natural gas liquids and sell textile products.
On 3 September, the DPRK announced the successful underground test of a hydrogen warhead for Intercontinental ballistic missiles. Recent seismological data of Japanese experts presented September 6, indicate that the power of the explosion was about 160 kilotons.
On 22 August it was reported that the U.S. Treasury Department contributed to the sanctions list, directed against North Korea, 10 organizations and six individuals from Russia and China. As stated in the official document, these measures are aimed at residents of third countries who are in violation of international sanctions continues to provide Pyongyang help in developing missile and nuclear programs, facilitate energy trade with the DPRK, as well as deal with the employment of North Korean workers in their countries.