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Korea's main opposition party criticize lightness of sanctions, call for the redeployment of nuclear weapons to South Korea
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Korea's opposition party, The Liberal Korea Party, have criticized the lightness of the recent sanctions leveled on North Korea and have called for the redeployment of nuclear weapons to South Korea.

A senior spokesperson for the party pointed to the fact that the sanctions didn't go far enough as being the main reasons for their dissatisfaction.

The sanctions were agreed upon by the U.N. Security Council on Monday (Sept. 11) after a vote that saw the council vote unanimously in favor of adopting the sanctions.

This included all major countries involved in the conflict including South Korea, The U.S., China, and Russia.

These sanctions include a ban on its imports of natural gas and a further ban on the export of its textiles.

While these sanctions are significant, the U.S. says that 90 percent of North Korea's exports are now under sanction, they are not quite as tough as what was originally suggested.

This is in part due to the risk that China and Russia would have vetoed any sanction that went further than the ones proposed in the vote.

This meant that originally sought out sanctions including the freezing of Kim Jong-un's assets and a travel ban for the North Korean leader were not included in the final plan.

President Moon Jae-in's Democratic Party saw the positive side to the fact that the sanctions were adopted.

A spokesperson for the party stated that while the sanctions are weaker than the ones first proposed, they see the positives in the fact that the international community cooperated on the sanctions.

They pointed to the fact that China and Russia agreed to the sanctions as being meaningful and also that they were satisfied by the limits to the export of crude oil to North Korea.

Over in China, their UN representative Liu Jieyi said the China supports nuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the peaceful stability of the peninsula and negotiations by dialogue.

They also urged Pyongyang to meet its international demands, "We hope that the North Korea cease the nuclear missile test and followed the sanctions made by UN Security Council and participate in denuclearization.

Again, not everyone was happy with the sanctions with some web users suggesting that they believe the passage of sanctions against North Korea is just to make China look good to the United States.

Meanwhile, Russia was another party that did not seem entirely happy with the sanctions. Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia stated that while they backed the sanctions, they questioned the U.S’s refusal to reaffirm pledged not to seek regime change or war in North Korea.

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