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Speaking to Korean reporters after the meetings, Kang said there was agreement among the U.N. Security Council members on the need to keep sanctions on North Korea until it fully denuclearizes.

The United Nations Security Council tightened sanctions on North Korea in August in efforts to contain its nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile program, appearing to remove some exceptions for penalties that might cause "adverse humanitarian outcome". South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said North Korea made "a clear commitment on complete denuclearization repeatedly and, of course, very forcefully at the Singapore summit with President Trump, and we will hold them up to that commitment". The North Korean economy contracted 0.5 percent in 2010, but it soon picked up in the following year maintaining its growth rate of around 1 percent until 2014. The resolution envisages other restrictions that concern exports of industrial equipment, heavy machinery and transport vehicles to North Korea and imports of North Korean commodity. We just ask questions totally in line with sanction committee rules.

He referred to US National Security Adviser John Bolton's suggestion that the North could denuclearize in a year.

The Security Council agreement led China, North Korea's largest trade partner, to ban imports of key goods from the country including iron and lead.

"It is the Trump administration's hope that one day the DPRK could be in our midst here at the United Nations", he said. As Beijing, Pyongyang's biggest trading partner backed the toughened sanctions, North Korea's external trade with other countries excluding South Korea plunged 15 percent on year in 2017 to $5.55 billion.

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North Korea has paused its weapons tests in recent months, adopting an apparently gentler stance toward the global community and seeking conversations about the prospect of denuclearizing in return for sanctions relief.

"It's really pretty straightforward, right", Pompeo said. And more than a month later, no concrete progress has been reported. "And so until that action happens, the Security Council is going to hold tight".

As for the broader worldwide community, she said, "we ask you to hold tight as we go forward". "It will also take Chairman Kim following through on his personal commitments that he made to President Trump in Singapore".

U.S. documents sent to the sanctions committee and obtained by The Associated Press cite 89 instances between January 1 and May 30 in which North Korean tankers likely delivered refined products "illicitly procured" via such transfers.

Russian Federation and China moved Thursday to halt progress on additional measures within the Security Council to fully curtail the North's oil imports, with Moscow saying it needed more information on the illicit efforts before it could move forward. Delattre said it was important to avoid "any premature signal of a loosening of sanctions that would be a counter-message".

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