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UN passes new sanctions on North Korea – rejects Trump’s oil embargo

The resolution represents a compromise on America’s initial proposals.

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The United Nations Security Council has unanimously passed further sanctions on North Korea stemming from the aftermath of Pyongyang’s successful detention of what is thought to be a hydrogen bomb.

While Donald Trump sought to place North Korea under a complete oil embargo, it was widely understood that China and Russia would veto such a measure as both countries are opposed to what Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called “strangling” the people of the DPRK with sanctions.

While some in the US media hypothesised that oil sanctions would starve North Korea of energy, in reality, North Korea is already extracting enough of its own domestic crude reserves to fit its current needs. It is further speculated that it would not be difficult, even with existing equipment and new domestically built extraction devices, for North Korea to extract even more of its largely untapped oil reserves.

READ MORE: North Korea has enough oil to survive embargo

The compromise resolution caps North Korea’s refined oil imports at 2 million barrels while freezing exports of crude at their current levels.

More crucially, the resolution places a ban on North Korean textile exports which some experts say is an industry worth $752 million per annum to Pyongyang.

This is the second time in less than two months that the UN Security Council has voted to place further sanctions on North Korea.

President Vladimir Putin however, remains committed to a trilateral economic infinitive which would see the two Korean states cooperate with Russia as a means to ease tensions on the peninsula through trade and prosperity inducing measures.

China, like Russia, also remains committed to the ‘double-freeze’ pace initiative which would require North Korea to cease its weapons tests while also order South Korea and the US to do the same. Additionally, the double-freeze requires a pause to provocative US led military drills in South Korea as well as the cessation of deliveries of the THAAD missile systems from the US to South Korea.

The Chinese foreign ministry has released the following statement regarding the double-freeze:

“In disregard of widespread opposition from the international community, the DPRK conducted another nuclear test, which severely violated the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council. The Chinese side approves that the UN Security Council takes necessary measures in response to this. On September 11, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2375, which reflected the common position of its members to safeguard the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region, promote the denuclearization of the Peninsula and uphold the international non-proliferation regime. Meanwhile, the Resolution reaffirms the commitment to maintaining the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, calls for the peaceful settlement of the issue through diplomatic and political means, supports the resumption of the six-party talks and emphasizes that all relevant parties should take measures to reduce the tensions on the Peninsula. The Chinese side hopes that the contents of Resolution 2375 can be implemented in a comprehensive and complete manner.

As a close neighbor of the Korean Peninsula, the Chinese side is closely following the developments of the situation on the Peninsula. It is the consistent position held by China to stay committed to realizing the denuclearization of the Peninsula, upholding the peace and stability of the Peninsula and resolving the issue through dialogue and consultation with respect to dealing with the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, including participating in the deliberations of the UN Security Council. With a view to resolving the Korean Peninsula issue, all relevant parties should take their due responsibility, play their due role, earnestly take measures to ease the tensions on the Peninsula and resume dialogue and negotiation. The DPRK should observe the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, respect the collective voice of the international community and stop pushing forward the nuclear and missile programs. The US, the ROK and other parties should also avoid taking the actions that will further complicate the situation. The Korean Peninsula issue must be resolved peacefully. Military solution will lead us nowhere and China will by no means allow the Peninsula to descend into war and chaos.

The “suspension for suspension” initiative and “dual-track approach” proposed by China are practical and viable ways to address the Korean Peninsula issue. We call upon relevant parties to give positive considerations to them and work with China to stay committed to promoting dialogue and consultation and make efforts to advance the denuclearization of the Peninsula and realize the peace and stability of the Peninsula.

The Chinese side is firmly opposed to the deployment of THAAD by the US in the ROK. This action severely jeopardizes the strategic security of China and the other countries in the region and undermines the trust and cooperation of all relevant parties on the Korean Peninsula issue. It is not helpful to advancing the denuclearization of the Peninsula or safeguarding the long-term stability of the Peninsula”.

 

 

 

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Keith Smith
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NK perhaps should start leveraging their currency if they are limited to a maximum output.

Terry Ross
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To Ed:
“…successful detention detonation of what is thought to be a hydrogen bomb”
” …remains committed to a trilateral economic infinitive initiative which would see the two Korean states cooperate with Russia….”
“China, like Russia, also remains committed to the ‘double-freeze’ pace peace initiative …”

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It has to be said. There is no “Russian interest” (or Chinese for that matter) as Peskov claimed in their shameful decision to support and give in to the US fascist regime. US is the one to blame for their provocations and saber rattlings and N.K is simply defending itself by all means available for US not to repeat their annihilation of N.K in the 50’s. That wont happen again, not without L.A and S.F being erased from the face of the Earth first. Furthermore, US used this latest round of senseless provokations to install the THAAD, which is aimed… Read more »

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I agree with most of what you say but did you skip this article in todays Duran news ?
http://theduran.com/breaking-russia-successfully-test-fires-new-icmb/
Any enemy fire would be detected the moment it left the ground and this is consistent for all sides.
To my knowledge there is no stealth tech.to hide same as of yet.But then again we would not be privy to that kind of info.

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True, but there is a persistent belief at the Pentagram and among the neocon crazies despite all the simulations to the contrary, that this is the case, that they somehow can take out Russia (and China) without them being able to retaliate.

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Now that the sanctions are in place there is no reason for the DPRK to play nice because they know that the US will never allow the sanctions to be lifted.

Guy
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Whether this will lead the US to back down a few notches remains to be seen .It is not the American way to do so .It will be very interesting to see how this is handled . The US administration has been put under notice .They obviously know that an attack on NK is out of the question . In the grand chess board it’s your move Trump and the generals .

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Russia’s economy continues to outperform as gold takes center stage (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 118.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how US and EU sanctions have continued to provide a huge boost to Russia’s economy. Russia’s food sovereignty has practically been achieved, as the Russian central bank continues to buy gold and lower its exposure to western financial markets.

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Via TASS…

Outside pressure in the form of sanctions has become an incentive to resolve various issues of Russia’s economy, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated in an interview with the Izvestiya daily.

He noted that through introducing sanctions against Russia, “the West aims to destabilize Russia’s economy and to create social and political tensions in society.”

“But during the difficult times, Russians have always stuck together and mobilized their resources in order to ensure the country’s sovereignty. This is what is happening now – the outside pressure has become an incentive to resolve many problems in Russia’s economy,” he said.

“Before the sanctions, it seemed that we would never be able to feed ourselves and that we are doomed to be dependent on Western import. However, right now, Russia’s food sovereignty in crucial sectors has practically been achieved, and in some areas, Russia has become the leading exporter,” Patrushev noted.

Those who apply the sanctions “can see that they (the sanctions – TASS) are ineffective and often achieve the opposite goal,” the Russian security chief concluded.

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US Neocon Foreign Policy and the War Waged Against Serbia

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign.

Richard Galustian

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The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Mueller Report, enabling us to now focus on the real problems of America that effects the whole world.

In the hope of a waining of the Russophobia in America, let’s look at the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to almost 100 days of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

Firstly, these problems are, in the main caused by the Neocons, or Deep State, whatever you wish to call them, and the continuing promotion, by the US Military-Security Industrial Complex, of wars and regime change and secondly, Trump’s unreserved support for Israel, regardless of war crimes they may continue to commit against the Palestinians.

Incredibly after that one sided unjust and illegal war that NATO executed, NATO has the audacity to invite Serbia to join it! Something that will never happen. What do they smoke in DC, in the Pentagon and Brussels based NATO?

To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defence Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanized’ in the early 1990s.

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign. That’s what we can expect in Venezuela next.

This ‘Balkanization’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

A very noteworthy most recent outrageous unilateral declaration was made by President Trump, not yet formally agreed by US institutions, ‘giving’ something he has no authority to give; Syrian territory, the Golan Heights to be precise, to Israel. Something that one day could trigger a full scale Arab-Israeli War.

This is of extreme importance yet no real outcry comes from world leaders; well not so far.

The main reason for that decision given by senior US Administration figures is that “God anointed Trump to save the Jews”.

Not forgetting Trump’s need (which we the people don’t understand exactly why) to support Prime Minister Netanyahu in his difficult upcoming elections in Israel – in part because both countries failed to ‘regime change’ Syria – but more importantly to help the ‘financial terrorists’ who formed a company jointly that has already started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. You might like to know who owns such oil drilling company which should answer a plethora of questions in one go that you must be asking yourselves.

The shareholder’s names tells us everything; Dick Cheney; Baron Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. The titular heads of neocons, bankers and media on the planet.

In ending there is no more evidence required for us, the people of the world, to rise up against the globalist dark forces wherever they exist, be it in Brussels, London, France or Washington. We must demand democratic elections or start revolutions, the latter has already begun in France in the form of ‘the yellow vests’. And Brexit, by definition, is a rejection by the British people of globalism and American Hegemony.

The pattern of US destabilization and destruction of States to loot them of their sovereign resources is the unseen history of the last 100 years, not taught in any university, anywhere in the West.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, its government was taken down by the CIA and replaced by an ultra fascist regime that has full backing from America. This is no secret. But the MSM simple don’t report it.

US led NATO is ‘the transnational war machine’ of the world, devouring almost all free countries wealth. It can extort to terrorize all into conformity to the global ‘carcinogenic’ US Neocon imperialistic strategy.

A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU approves controversial copyright reform

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

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The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern everything from audiovisual content to memes, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

By essentially forcing companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay artists and publishers for the reproduction of their work online, include in meme format, the EU is effectively clamping down on online memery.

The onus will now be on tech companies to clamp down on content-sharing on their platforms, which will likely ensure yet more draconian policing of speech and content.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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