The US has watered down its draft UN sanctions resolution targeting North Korea, in order to try and win the support of China and Russia. Previously, the US had called for a prohibition on oil exports to North Korea, much tougher restrictions on North Koreans working abroad, enforced inspections of ships suspected of carrying cargo subject to UN sanctions, and a freeze on the assets of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un. It has now watered down the oil ban to a gradual reduction in oil exports and dropped the other proposals, although it is still proposing a ban on textile exports. The draft resolution will be voted on by the UN Security Council today.
Last week, UN experts reported that North Korea was successfully engaging in large-scale sanctions evasion, having illegally exported at least $270m of coal, iron, and other sanctioned commodities in the 6 months to August, and also circumvented financial and logistical sanctions and the arms embargo.