The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted new sanctions against North Korea following its sixth nuclear test, imposing a cap on exports of crude oil to the country, though it fell short of a complete ban.
This is the ninth sanctions resolution the council has adopted against the North since 2006, when it carried out its first nuclear test.
It will lose $1.3 billion in annual revenues, she added.
"If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future, if North Korea continues its unsafe path, we will continue with further pressure". He urged Pyongyang to take "concrete action" toward denuclearization.
"This is a text designed for adoption", one source told the Guardian. "We reconfirm there have been no review of relocating tactical nuclear weapons".
The sanctions fell short of the original USA demand for banning foreign travel by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and freezing his assets.
The original USA 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.
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Velmur bought close to $7 million worth of diesel from Russian supplier IPC this year, the money for which were wired to the company by North Korean operatives in US dollars.
A tougher initial United States draft was weakened to win the support of China, Pyongyang's main ally and trading partner, and Russian Federation, both of which hold veto power in the council.
Conversely, the US must deal with the bellicose rhetoric from North Korea which routinely threatens to strike the United States.
Matthew Rycroft, the British ambassador to the United Nations said measures would still be effective despite the softer tone of the sanctions.
"Both oppose North Korea to become a full-fledged nuclear state, and both think parallel action from the U.S.is needed to affect any change in the situation".
"It is up to the global community to see that these resolutions are implemented", he warned.
Koo Kab-Woo of the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul said the measures carried symbolic value as the "first United States attempt at touching North Korea's economic lifeline".
U.S. representative Nikki Haley said the resolution hit Pyongyang's ability to fuel and fund its nuclear programme, and would reduce by nearly half its supply of gas, diesel and heavy fuel oil.
"The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return".
"But we also have an ability to shoot more than one interceptor", Davis said.
"The forthcoming measures by (North Korea) will make the US suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history", he said without elaborating.
FILE PHOTO: Women work at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang textile mill during a government organised visit for foreign reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea May 9, 2016. "We also have USA sanctions that go beyond the United Nations sanctions. But it does allow the Trump administration to say that at least it tried", said regional security analyst Grant Newsham with the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo.
The final agreement was reached after negotiations between the U.S. and China, the North's ally and major trading partner.
A ban on textiles will not only impact factory workers but also their families who are supported by work in textiles factories, said Green.
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She added it also completely banned natural gas and other products that could be used as a substitute for those fuels. "And today the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves".
"We have frozen their accounts, which means they can not withdraw (money)", a staff member at a Yanji branch of China Construction Bank said.
The test sent powerful tremors across the region, suggesting the device used was the most powerful the nation has ever tested. Though its missiles can not tackle ICBMs, they are capable of destroying ballistic missiles.
It followed up with a sixth nuclear test on September 3, its largest to date, which it said was a miniaturised hydrogen bomb.
Wages at textiles factories grew tenfold around 2010 when North Korea was experimenting with economic reforms, according to Green, so people suddenly went from earning 30 North Korean won to 300 won. Experts are not so sure, but as long as Pyongyang claims to have the technology, the working assumption is that it's true.