US To Propose Watered Down North Korea Sanctions To Appease China And Russia

Tyler Durden's picture

In the latest indication that the US is desperate to reach a diplomatic compromise over North Korea, even if it means appeasing Beijing and Moscow, Reuters reports that while the UN Security Council is set to vote on Monday afternoon on a U.S.-drafted resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea over latest nuclear test, as discussed on Friday, the new draft no longer proposes blacklisting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, while also dropping a proposed oil embargo - something Beijing had vocally opposed - and instead intends to impose a ban on condensates and natural gas liquids, a cap of 2m barrels a year on refined petroleum products, and a cap on crude oil exports to North Korea at current levels.


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during a celebration for nuclear

scientists and engineers who contributed to a hydrogen bomb test, Sept. 10

In short: the US has materially weakened its proposed North Korea sanctions, "in an attempt to appease" Pyongyang’s allies Beijing and Moscow following negotiations over the past few days. In order to pass, a resolution needs nine of the 15 Security Council members to vote in favor and no vetoes by any of the five permanent members — the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China.

Some more details:

  • the draft resolution no longer proposes an asset freeze on the military-controlled national airline Air Koryo. The new draft resolution also drops a bid to remove an exception for transshipments of Russian coal via the North Korean port of Rajin. In 2013 Russia reopened a railway link with North Korea, from the Russian eastern border town of Khasan to Rajin, to export coal and import goods from South Korea and elsewhere.
  • the new language drops a bid to remove an exception for trans-shipments of Russian coal via the North Korean port of Rajin, and it no longer proposes an asset freeze on the military-controlled national airline Air Koryo
  • while the original draft resolution would have authorized states to use all necessary measures to intercept and inspect on the high seas vessels that have been blacklisted by the council, the final draft text calls upon states to inspect vessels on the high seas with the consent of the flag state, if there’s information that provides reasonable grounds to believe the ship is carrying prohibited cargo.
  • the final draft text to be voted on Monday by the council would require the employment of North Korean workers abroad to be authorized by a Security Council committee. However, this rule would not apply to “written contracts finalized prior to the adoption of this resolution” provided that states notify the committee by Dec. 15 of the number of North Koreans subject to these contracts and the anticipated date of termination of these contracts. some diplomats estimate that between 60,000 and 100,000 North Koreans work abroad. A U.N. human rights investigator said in 2015 that North Korea was forcing more than 50,000 people to work abroad, mainly in Russia and China, earning between $1.2 billion and $2.3 billion a year. The wages of workers sent abroad provide foreign currency for the Pyongyang government.
  • There is new political language in the final draft urging “further work to reduce tensions so as to advance the prospects for a comprehensive settlement” and underscoring “the imperative of achieving the goal of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner.”

Ahead of the report of watered down sanctions, North Korea had warned that “in case the U.S. eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful ‘resolution’ on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the U.S. pays due price,” the spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.  “The world will witness how the DPRK tames the U.S. gangsters by taking a series of actions tougher than they have ever envisaged,” the unnamed spokesman said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said last week during a visit to Russia that shutting off North Korea’s supply of oil was inevitable this time to bring Pyongyang to talks and he called for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s support.  Putin has remained firm however that such sanctions on oil would have negative humanitarian effects on North Koreans.

Meanwhile, China, the North’s lone major ally, emerged as the most critical in deciding if oil sanctions go ahead because it controls an oil pipeline that industry sources say provides about 520,000 tonnes of crude a year to the North. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stressed the need for consensus and maintaining peace.

“I have said before that China agrees that the U.N. Security Council should make a further response and necessary actions with respect to North Korea’s sixth nuclear test,” he told reporters.

 

“We hope Security Council members on the basis of sufficient consultations reach consensus and project a united voice. The response and actions the Security Council makes should be conducive to the denuclearization of the peninsula, conducive to safeguarding the peace and stability of the peninsula, and conducive to push forward the use of peaceful and political means to resolve the peninsula nuclear issue.”

Since 2006, the Security Council has unanimously adopted eight resolutions ratcheting up sanctions on North Korea over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs. The Security Council last month imposed new sanctions over North Korea’s two long-range missile launches in July. The Aug. 5 resolution aimed to slash by a third Pyongyang’s $3 billion annual export revenue by banning coal, iron, lead and seafood.

According to Reuters, the latest draft of the resolution reflects the challenge in imposing tough sanctions on the North by curbing its energy supply and singling out its leader for a financial and travel ban, a symbolic measure at best but one that is certain to rile Pyongyang.

It will also be a disappointment to South Korea, which has sought tough new sanctions that would be harder for Pyongyang to ignore, as it said dialogue remained on the table.

“We have been in consultations that oil has to be part of the final sanctions,” South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told a news conference, saying Pyongyang was on a “reckless path”. 

“I do believe that whatever makes it into the final text and is adopted by consensus hopefully will have significant consequences on the economic pressure against North Korea.”

That no longer appears to be the case, what however has clearly emerged is that when it comes to the political fate of North Korea, even the US now admits that China and Russia are calling the shots.

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Counterfiat's picture

Is the feather tickler still in place?

HowdyDoody's picture

US - kindly go sanction yourself in the nearest loony bin.

 

The Alarmist's picture

Chicoms know that it is only a matter of time before they are on the receiving end of US-led sanctions.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

In the latest indication that the US is desperate to reach a diplomatic compromise over North Korea

...it has tarred and feathered Nikki Haley and sent her back to Waffle House.

Actually, the US remains opposed to any sort of diplomatic progress.

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/04/the-reason-behind-north-koreas-nucl...

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said last week during a visit to Russia that shutting off North Korea’s supply of oil was inevitable this time to bring Pyongyang to talks

President Moon knows that the recalcitrant party that needs to be brought to talks is not the DPRK, China, or Russia.

Oldwood's picture

Diplomatic progress?

North Korea has become the progressives poster child as the "one true communist utopia".

Our progressive elites hate Russia given Russians have rejected communism, and are suspicious of China, who while still claiming to be communist, is looking awfully much like capitalistic pigs.

Trump and the military might well want NK done away with, but our progressive leaders around the world will not touch one hair of Kim's head. They will facilitate him, as they have done for forty years.

Let us keep in mind that the progressive goal has been to destabilize the west, especially America, and a nuclear nut job threatening Armageddon only keeps that theme accelerating. World peace is NOT their friend. WWII brought decades of peace, and THAT will not be repeated.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

Diplomatic progress?

Yes, as in progress toward a diplomatic solution, such as a peace treaty.

Nothing to do with "progressive", so your four-paragraph Pavlovian response was a wasted effort.

fx's picture

Why should Russia co-operate with a USofA, that grows ever more hostile, if not outright russphobe, towards the Russian Federation?

You can water your bs down all you want - Russia has by now a very clear understanding of what the tweeter-in-chief's administration is made of. Namely, the same warmongering neocon assholes and bastards that the previous ones (Clinton, GWB, Obozo) were. Essentially, there's nothing new in the Western hemisphere. Just some different side-shows and different deception games, but all designed to make people overlook the same , never changing evil.

SAD.

The Alarmist's picture

I dunno, dude. Politically I am somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun, and I don't see the Norks as being the problem.

silverer's picture

The US government already sanctions it's own citizens. It developed a special department decades ago to accomplish the task, and named it the IRS.

SuperChicken1138's picture

yes sir, yes sir. we gave him a right good beating about the head and body. that will never be a problem again, step right in.

wildbad's picture

mann..they are always having so much fun over there apparently...how do i join up?

JohninMK's picture

A brilliant strategy all round with the objective now achieved.

Spending by SK and Japan on US MIC products has been revalidated and is underway with the latest most expensive (so high profits) products.

Time to tone down the shouting in a way the sheeple can be sure that the huge spend was not a waste of money but a necessity. Then settle down and spend the money that will spread through the people who matter. Which ain't you and me.

 

lester1's picture

Hillary would have never caved like that.

c2nnib2l's picture

Yup true, and I though Donald was going to be tougher ! ! 

 

JohninMK's picture

This was never about caving in. The leaders have done their job and it didn't matter who was in the Oval Office.

Job done. Count the cash from a grateful MIC.

 

c2nnib2l's picture

bend the knee Donald ! just do it, exactly the same as Obama 

Sky flyer's picture

Bullish. It's all that matters.

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Hear hear!  No moar, no woar. STFU and BTFD.  That is all.

BritBob's picture

Politics -v- reality that'll be Xi.

China – Argentina – the Falklands

In tune with Macri's words, Xi Jinping thanked Argentina "the support they have given us for our claim of a single China as we support theirs for the Falkland Islands."  (Telam 17 May 2017)

How can Argentina claim the Falklands when she has never legally owned them?

Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina (1 page):

https://www.academia.edu/31111843/Falklands_Never_Belonged_to_Argentina

 

 

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Sorry, Bob, but a more accredited source has proven that the Malvinas, or Falklands as you refer to them, have always belonged to Argentina.

Read it and weep:

https://www.accredited-times.com/2017/08/25/falkland-islands-belong-arge...

The Alarmist's picture

That was precious...

"Anyone who speaks Spanish deserves affirmative action."

Maybe the Chicoms can add the Malvinas to their archipelago.

Stinkytofu's picture

would love for china or russia to threaten veto

because the resolution "singles out" north korea, or

was "not balanced."

 

never want to "single out" a non-signatory to

the nukular non-proliferation treaty that builds

nukular bombs under cover of a civilian program,

or sells actual nukular bombs to other aparth....

 

that wouldn't be, um, fair?

AG17's picture

First Syria, now NK.. US is getting outmaneuvered by Russia-China on all fronts.

Next up, Venezuela and South China Sea.

JailBanksters's picture

So .... Still allow Israel to sell US Technology to North Korea

and still allow Ukraine to sell Missiles paid by America to sell to North Korea

Fireman's picture

If USSA can now live with the fat kid's freaky hair cut....those "big, beautiful" resort islands bristling with Chinese big sticks sprouting all over China's South China Sea will be no problem at all.

 

Meanwhile China and its gold backed Yuan is flushing the IOU petroscrip Saudi Mercan (no longert) I$I$ backed toilet paper dollah clogging the global bankster shell game as the new kid in town takes the reins.

 

After Harvey and Irma's little hissie spat get ready for the tsunami of toxic derivative fiat filth ready to drown US in a century of judaic war debt.

Omega_Man's picture

Cut off use of the fake US dollar and oil to merica....

swmnguy's picture

Apparently there's more to geo-politics and diplomacy than just saying you're going to be really good at it, and everyone else has been very bad at it. 

youarelost's picture

but debt doesn't matter

wisebastard's picture

well at least the US knows it fucking with a country more prepared than Iraq or Libya

Setarcos's picture

I think that N Korea's guiding principle is called "juche" = self reliance.  I was reading only a couple of days ago that, for instance, it has massive strategic oil reserves, so could shrug off an oil embargo.  Also economic growth has been brisk for the last few years, so self-reliance has grown, with Kim Jong Un modelling himself on his grandfather, who developed "juche" after the near total destruction of the Korean War.  I haven't followed N Korea closely, but sufficiently well to know there is substance to,  "Don't fuck with us."  Especially with China and recovered Russia for allies.  I also know that N Korea does not pose a threat to anyone, other than being independant of Western banking.  But unlike Iraq, Libya and even Syria ........

Setarcos's picture

This ain't just "watering down", it's capitulation!!

Consider:  Only a couple of weeks ago Trumpeter was going to rain down fire and do other stuff never before seen.  So yes, from that extreme almost any concession would be a capitulation, let alone basically gutting threatened sanctions.

I never believed that Trumpeter could deliver on any of his campaign rhetoric, e.g. the US was "great" when it had cheap/easy domestic oil and hadn't sustained damage during WW2.  That era - mid-40s to late-70s - was necessarily an unrepeatable once-off - but I didn't expect the idiot to make it obvious that he is a needy, attention-seeking, buffoonish clown ... to be kind.

brushhog's picture

If China and Russia dont go along with the sanctions then they dont happen. How stupid are you?

Setarcos's picture

My oh my.  Stating the bleedin' obvious, how very clever of you.  Your lack of talent is wasted here.

silverer's picture

Why are sanctions needed? Since wars are always fought over money, power and control, sanctions are an act of war. So the US wants other countries to get on board and commit an act of war against a country that has yet to attack anyone or move outside its own borders. At least in WWII, you could make the case that Germany attacked first, and was clearly an aggressor. Where is the case up to this point for N Korea?

nevertheless's picture

I voted you down because (I don't believe in voting down without saying why) while I totally agree that Trump is a stuffed shirt, far more an Israel firster than an American, his biggest promise was to deescalate American policing of the world, and yet he has done the exact opposite. 

 

And his kicking DACA to Congress, Obama created DACA, Trump can end it. Trump kicking DACA to Congress is a rouse, because we all know Zionists own Congress, and Zionist's, thus Congress's biggest goal is AMNESTY. So, Trump handing DACA to Congress is a Trojan Horse, all to get another shot at AMNESTY!

Byrond's picture

Doesn't matter actually. China and NK are destroying  and poisoning the evironment and will soon make the region radiactive. The people in charge have tremendous power, but they are in power because they are destructive. They may be good at being corrupt and destructive, but they are incapable of seeing the big picture. They are flying blind, deaf, and dumb. 

Setarcos's picture

If memory serves me correct - it does - after WW2 the "West" and Soviet Union carried out hundreds of above ground nuclear tests, until sense prevailed, then went underground and we survived anyway.  N Korea's tests are all underground and so too China, if they still test.  So that demolishes one of your scares.

I also recall that through the 19th Century and up until the 1960s pollution of all sorts, including smog in major industrial towns, was common.  Then from about the 1970s industry and pollution got "off-shored" to China especially, which is now making rapid strides to clean things up.  So for over one hundred years the "West" polluted and destroyed with gay abandon.  In less than forty years China is cleaning up already.  Plus major developments with amazing foresight, like BRICS and the One Road/new Silk Road to eventually connect Vladivostok on the Pacific with Lisbon on the Atlantic, about 12 time zones I think and about three times the distance across the USA.

Meanwhile the West flounders.  Remind me who flew blind, deaf and dumb for about 150 years, as it turns out.  WW3 or something could ground the plans laid by Russia and China especially, but they and their growing number of partners are hardly flying blind, deaf and dumb are they!

 

MK ULTRA Alpha's picture

Another ignorant comment. China is built on a house of cards debt bubble far worse than the US. There has been countless articles on it.

One belt, one road, India wouldn't be a member, Oz declined, Vietnam declined and even Russia has reservations.

I can't wait until the US can no longer give free defense and see what happens. I can't wait until the China mercantile trade system crashed all it takes is an end of US China trade. The trade deficit with China is over $350 billion and over the next three years it will be over $1 trillion.

Sick of you one worlders selling out your own country and Chinese goods are mostly low quality. Take your China is the perfect world propaganda BS and shove it up your ass.

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Thee can see the splinter, in thy neighbors eye, but cannot see the whole log in thine own.

nevertheless's picture

Have you been to Iraq, Libya, Syria, America...come on man, get real!

silverer's picture

You also just described the US. So now pick a side. Thanks.

brushhog's picture

I never understood what north korea did that was so offensive and dangerous from the beginning. He tested his missiles? China and Russia are much closer to north korea and they arent freaking out over it. How can we tell another country 'you cant develop the means to defend yourselves'? 'You cant test your equipment'? Dont we test our missiles? Im just not feeling the outrage.

Laughing.Man's picture

It never was about North Korea.  They're just a distraction.

Setarcos's picture

How true.  Not even about China.  Russia is the lusted-after prize.  Has been for over 200 years.  It didn't quite work out for Napoleon, nor the British and French in Crimea c. 1860.  Nor the Germans in WW1, nor about a dozen invading armies between 1917 and about 1922 (not many people know that).  Nor Hitler, nor Truman's Cold War, nor the 1990s invasion of Harvard economics professors, etc. who enabled the oligarchs.  Then along came Vladimir Vladimirovich, the reluctant best leader the World has ever seen, IMO.

MK ULTRA Alpha's picture

Another ignorant voice, Russia expanded it's borders for over 200 years. They had many wars with Turkey.

In the 80's the Afghanistan invasion didn't happen. right?

How about China, there are foreigners and communist on here saying China never hurt a fly. Tibet? 1962 stole 300,000 square miles of India, Vietnam 1979 invasion and got their ass kicked. Korea war got their ass in a meat grinder. and so on.

All three China, Russia, US are guilt of imperialism. And all of Europe too.

I can't wait until the US stops providing free defense for so many countries, I want to hear your whine then. Too many foreigners on this board whining about America, but deep down they have their own nationalistic imperialism ready and waiting, again can't wait for your perfect world with no US free lunch.

nevertheless's picture

North Korea sells weapons to Iran...And we all know "Iran is our greatest enemy". 

Byrond's picture

If Canada imprisoned and enslaved all of its citizens, starved a couple million Canadians to death, executed top officials regularly, had a supreme leader (aka dictator), fired ICBMs over Maine, tested a bunch of shoddy nukes in a mountain that may collapse and spew radiation all over the US like the mother of all dirty bombs, and repeatedly told the US that they were going to destroy them (and tortured some Americans in the meantime), Canada would have been invaded, conquered, and freed long ago. Understand? 

 

nevertheless's picture

Are you talking about Canada, North Korea or Israel?

 

If America leadership had a shred of decency it would destroy the only real threat to America, Israel.