North Korea Admits Sanctions are Having an Impact
Jasper Fakkert, 10 Oct 17
       

North Koreans watch a statement by dictator Kim Jong Un on a television screen outside of the railway station in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 22, 2017. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

Just weeks after the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, the regime admitted that the restrictions were having an impact.

The new sanctions were passed on Sept. 11 in response to a sixth underground nuclear test by North Korea. They ban all natural gas sales to the North, limit the amount of oil that can be sold to the country, and ban its exports of textile products.

President Donald Trump, who pushed for the sanctions, originally had wanted a complete halt to the sale of oil, but received pushback from Russia and China.

North Korea’s state media said on Sept. 29 that the sanctions are causing a “colossal amount of damage.” The media also threatened the United States with extinction.

It is a rare admission by the North Korean regime—which frequently prides itself, in its propaganda, on being a model socialist nation that is indispensable to the world—of the effects of sanctions.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said while visiting China that new sanctions imposed on North Korea are starting to have an effect.

“The Chinese are also telling us that it’s having an effect, and they have a pretty close-up view of it,” Tillerson said during a joint press conference with U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad on Sept. 30.

Dictator Kim Jong Un has relentlessly pursued the development of nuclear weapons. The program was initially started by his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, and further advanced by his father, Kim Jong Il.

North Korean state media reported last month that its state nuclear program is nearing completion.

The regime has a history of continuing its expensive nuclear program despite the great suffering experienced by its people. At least 1 million people have died from starvation and disease in North Korea over the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Sign in to view full article

       
‘Sip’ Info From Your Smartwatch, ‘Whoosh’ It To Your Phone
With their small screens and our bulky fingers, smartwatches aren’t the easiest devices to control. Researchers have invented new ways ...
Jason Maderer
Fri, 3 Feb 17
Explainer: How The Brain Changes When We Learn To Read
Right now, you are reading these words without much thought or conscious effort. In lightning-fast bursts, your eyes are darting ...
Nicola Bell
Thu, 18 May 17
Why Do We Need to Eat so Many Vegetables and What Does a Serve Actually Look Like?
Most adults would know they’re meant to eat two or more serves of fruit and five or more serves of ...
Genevieve James-Martin, Gemma Williams, Malcolm Riley
Mon, 8 May 17
The Future: Making Singapore an Elder-Friendly Place
The government aims to make Singapore “an inclusive elder-friendly place” and the first step starts from the elders’ flats.
Jocelyn Neo
Mon, 2 Jan 17
Is The Developed World We’ve Created Giving Us Cancer?
I had assumed that the small lump in my breast was a blocked milk duct from nursing my seven-month-old son. ...
Chelsey Kivland
Thu, 8 Jun 17
An Epoch Times Survey
An Epoch Times Survey
AcuSLIM - Acupuncture Weight Loss Programme
Sports Elements
Sports Elements
BUCHERER