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Here's another potential reason for North Korea's nuclear provocations

12 Setiembre 2017

But it caps Pyongyang's imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months, and it limits the import of refined petroleum products to 2 million barrels a year.

With fresh U.N. sanctions and bitcoin's skyrocketing value, "the potential windfall from these attacks has risen accordingly", Boland said. Such bipartisanship would be impressive if it were forged over something other than the piecemeal strategy that led to the country's nuclear development in the first place.

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Washington has dangled the prospect of military action in the North, and threatened to cut economic ties with countries that continue to trade with the it - around 90% of the North's external commerce is with China.

Undaunted by the international criticism of its test, which Pyongyang says was of a hydrogen bomb, Pyongyang celebrated through the weekend, with concerts and banquets for the country's nuclear scientists and engineers.

Pyongyang appears unbowed, threatening that America would pay a "price" for spearheading the measures against it.

He focused in particular on how it masks exports of coal that were banned in August after the North tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The U.S. president has wavered between criticizing China for not doing enough on North Korea to heaping personal praise on the Chinese President Xi Jinping. Peru's envoy, Maria Antonia Masana Garcia, said North Korea's ambassador to her country would be considered persona non grata.

She said if Pyongyang gives up its nuclear program and proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it.

The Chinese government has also reportedly ordered commercial banks to stop services for North Koreans.

In an apparent sign of a policy shift, the US Trump administration is considering proposing small, tactical nuclear weapons to cope with growing threats from the North, Russia and other potential adversaries, US-based media outlet Politico has reported, further fueling the talk of a tit-for-tat nuclear approach here.

However, China's official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary that the Trump administration was making a mistake by rejecting diplomatic engagement with the North.

Dubbing the latest test the "great auspicious event of the national history", he called for "redoubled efforts" to complete the country's mission to fully become a recognized nuclear power.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre said, "We are facing not a regional but a global threat, not a virtual but an immediate threat, not a serious but an existential threat".

The UN Security Council during an emergency meeting over North Korea's latest nuclear test, on 4 September 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York.

A woman walks past a TV screen in Tokyo broadcasting news of North Korea's recent missile launch. Zhu Feng, a professor of international relations at Nanjing University, wrote in Foreign Affairs in July that China should abandon support for North Korea because its nuclear program threatens regional stability.

But Royce, who said he had breakfast with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday before the hearing, insisted that sanctions could still have an important impact. It is a suspenseful tale about Oh Dae-Su, who has been trapped in a room inside a hotel.

"North Korea has set its sights on the so-called next generation financial markets, including virtual currencies, pin-tech and blockchains", he told journalists last week.

"The DPRK is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means", the statement said, referring to the country by its acronym.

The textile ban is significant.

Here's another potential reason for North Korea's nuclear provocations