New UN sanctions on DPRK softened in line with Moscow's demands: Russian FM

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/13 1:47:19

The fresh sanctions imposed by a UN Security Council against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) over its Sept. 3 nuclear test had been softened taking into account Moscow's demands, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

"All Russia's key demands for the resolution have been taken into account in the text, and the co-authors have not crossed our red lines," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.

She said that Russia had insisted on removing from the text demands for the forcible interception of vessels at sea and their inspection, the expansion of the list of banned dual-use goods and an embargo on oil supplies to the DPRK.

The authors of the resolution also agreed to remove from its text the provision concerning the deportation of DPRK labor migrants and scrap a joint Russia-DPRK enterprise from the sanctions lists, she said.

On Monday, the UN Security Council unanimously voted for a resolution toughening sanctions against the DPRK.

The resolution curtailed the DPRK's oil supply by almost 30 percent, banned all its textile exports worth 800 million US dollars and remittances of DPRK laborers from abroad.

With the new measures, 90 percent of the DPRK's exports are now banned.

Russian officials have repeatedly said that the policy of pressure on the DPRK including sanctions had exhausted itself and called for defusing the tension on the Korean peninsula through diplomatic and political means.

Moscow has backed China's proposal on the "dual-track approach" about the suspension of missile and nuclear tests by the DPRK and of joint military drills by the United States and South Korea.

On Sept. 3, the DPRK on Sunday detonated a hydrogen bomb capable of being carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile, the sixth nuclear test it has undertaken, running counter to relevant UN Security Council resolutions and efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

The latest nuclear test by the DPRK has aroused strong condemnation by countries and international organizations.


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