16 September 2017

News Story: Tillerson admits difficulty of oil embargo on N. Korea

U.S. SecState Rex Tillerson
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged Thursday it will be difficult to put an oil embargo on North Korea unless China cooperates.

The U.S. pushed for an oil embargo after North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3. But in the face of resistance from China and Russia, the U.N. Security Council on Monday imposed only restrictions on the North's oil imports, among other sanctions.

President Donald Trump later played down the sanctions as "just another very small step" and "nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen."

"I share that view," Tillerson said in London during a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. "We had hoped for a much stronger resolution from the Security Council."

The unanimous adoption of the resolution was still significant because it sent a message to the North Korean regime that the international community views its weapons programs seriously, he said.

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