US seeks to cut off oil to N Korea and freeze Kim’s assets

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: This image made from video of a still image broadcast in a news bulletin by North Korea's KRT on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, shows leader Kim Jong Un at what was said to be a "Combined Fire Demonstration" held to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the North Korean army, in Wonsan, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo.

File Photo: This image made from video of a still image broadcast in a news bulletin by North Korea’s KRT on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, shows leader Kim Jong Un at what was said to be a “Combined Fire Demonstration” held to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the North Korean army, in Wonsan, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo.

The United States has asked the United Nations Security Council to slap an oil embargo on North Korea and freeze the assets of leader Kim Jong-Un. This is in response to Pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

The United States circulated the proposed resolution to the 14 other council members two days after Ambassador Nikki Haley called for the “strongest possible measures” to be imposed on North Korea.

Haley said on Monday said that the United States was seeking a vote on the new sanctions on September 11.

The draft aims to freeze Kim Jong-Un’s assets as well as the assets of the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea and the government of North Korea.

According to the draft, Kim would be added to a UN sanctions blacklist that would subject him to a global travel ban.

FILE: Washington: File photo of US President Donald Trump. Photo - AP/PTI

File photo of US President Donald Trump.
Photo – AP/PTI

The state-owned Air Koryo airline would also be hit with an assets freeze, as would the Korean People’s Army, the ruling party’s central military commission and seven other government or party departments.

Last week North Korea had triggered global alarm when it detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump had a telephone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him that military action against North Korea was not US’ first choice.

China and Russia have called for talks with Pyongyang to deflate the crisis.

(With inputs from agencies)