U.S. preparing for 'preventive war' with N. Korea: McMaster

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"The North Korean threat.is rapidly growing more unsafe", Haley told the U.N. Security Council after the 15-member body imposed new sanctions on North Korea over its two long-range missiles tests in July.

In an interview aired Saturday on MSNBC, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president has been clear he will not tolerate North Korea's threats to attack the US with nuclear weapons. Today you're going to see the action.

The UN Security Council resolution was adopted in response to the DPRK's ballistic missile launches on July 3 and 28, which the country has claimed were of "intercontinental" range.

China, which holds enormous financial leverage against North Korea, joined the other members of the council in the 15-0 vote. They include a ban on all exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

The sanctions also freeze the number of work authorizations for North Korean labourers working overseas, blacklist nine individuals and impose asset freezes on four companies.

According to the diplomat, coal has been North Korea's largest export, earning $1.2 billion previous year which was then restricted by the Security Council to a maximum $400 million.

The resolution represents "the strongest sanctions ever imposed in response to a ballistic missile test", the statement said.

China believes that these form part and parcel of Saturday's resolution and that all of the parties should implement the provisions contained in the resolution fully and earnestly, the ambassador said.

He also called for halting the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, saying it will not resolve the North Korean nuclear stalemate.

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has called newly-approved sanctions on North Korea "a gut punch" to that country and has warned of a possible military action, should the regime continue its nuclear programmes.

The proposed resolution would also add nine North Koreans, mainly officials or representatives of companies and banks, to the United Nations sanctions blacklist, banning their travel and freezing their assets. This year, Pyongyang was estimated to earn $251 million from iron and iron ore exports, $113 million from lead and lead ore exports, and $295 million from seafood exports, the diplomat said.

North Korea has already faced a decade's worth of ever-increasing sanctions backed by the USA and its allies. It would also impose an asset freeze on two companies and two banks.

President Trump has used different strategies, from charm to Twitter criticism, to urge China to put more pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program.

Though the economic sanctions have teeth, Washington didn't get everything it wanted.

It would also give a green light for the committee to designate specific vessels that are breaking sanctions from entering ports all over the world, and to work with INTERPOL to enforce travel bans on North Koreans on the sanctions blacklist.

He added that while the recalcitrant state seems to be under the delusion that its nuclear and missile programs will ensure its security, they will only serve to strengthen the resolve of the worldwide community.

The resolution reiterates language from previous ones supporting a return to six-party talks with the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula; expressing the Security Council's commitment "to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation"; and stressing the importance of maintaining peace and stability in northeast Asia.

Negotiations for the new resolution began after Pyongyang conducted its first test of an ICBM on July 4.

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