While welcoming the new sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council against Pyongyang, the US president questioned their effectiveness. He believes that they are nothing “compared to what must happen at the end”.
“We think it’s just another small step, not something huge,” Donald Trump told reporters on September 13 ahead of his meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. The US President responded to a question about the new sanctions of the UN Security Council against North Korea unanimously adopted on September 11
“I do not know if it will work, but it was good to see a vote [unanimously]. But these sanctions are nothing compared to what should happen at the end, “said Donald Trump, quoted by Reuters.
On September 12, the White House confirmed that the United States had still not given up a possible military option in the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
“The president is ready to take all measures and keep all the options on the table so that the Korean peninsula is denuclearized,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders toldreporters.
After several last-minute compromises, Russia and China joined the other members of the Security Council in support of the resolution proposed by the United States on new sanctions against Pyongyang.
The text includes a limitation on the import of gas, crude oil and refined products, as well as the ban on North Korean exports of textiles. In particular, the document has been cut off from the toughest measures, demanded by Washington and rejected by Moscow, namely the total embargo on oil, the expulsion of economic migrants and personal sanctions against Kim Jong-un.
Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassili Nebenzia, said Moscow did not support North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, but doubted the usefulness of the sanctions to achieve a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue. ongoing crisis. He added that Russia would continue to advocate for the Sino-Russian solution, known as the “double freeze”: suspension of the North Korean nuclear and ballistic program and cessation of the joint military exercises of the United States and South Korea .