On Friday, The UN Security Council, with the support of United States, Russia, and China, imposed new and fierce sanctions on North Korea. The vote was unanimous among the 15-person council.
The resolution caps North Korea's crude oil imports at 4 million barrels a year and limits its imports of refined oil products, including diesel and kerosene, to 500,000 barrels a year. That would be a nearly 90 percent cut in imported fuels that are key to North Korea's economy.
While President Trump would have preferred the new sanctions block all oil sales, China's support signals a new willingness to leverage the immense influence they carry with the North Korean regime. On Sunday, North Korea responded, calling the new sanctions 'an act of war.'
In a statement published by the state-run KCNA news agency on Sunday, the foreign ministry said new measures proposed by the infringe North Korea's sovereignty and violate peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.'We define this sanctions resolution rigged up by the US and its followers as a grave infringement upon the sovereignty of our Republic, as an act of war violating peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the region and categorically reject the resolution.'
Sanctions are not an act of war. Nobody has to do business with anyone. In fact, if you abuse your workers and deprive them of basic Liberty, then no one should do business with you.— E.W. Steptoe III (@EWSteptoe) December 24, 2017
Yeah, and the reasons for those sanctions themselves are multiple acts of war.— Todd Brandt (@TBisEZ) December 24, 2017
No an act of war is constantly firing ballistic missiles try to provoke a reaction and threatening anyone that will listen— joe erskine (@wesleymartin09) December 24, 2017
North Korea: the brand of coffee served at the last meeting was an act of war, as were the choice of after dinner mints.— Ash Campbell (@Ash87Campbell) December 24, 2017