USA calls Monday vote on new North Korea sanctions

USA calls Monday vote on new North Korea sanctions

USA calls Monday vote on new North Korea sanctions

The United States says it will call a UN Security Council meeting to vote on a new draft resolution that seeks to tighten sanctions on North Korea.

The United States has called on the United Nations Security Council to vote on Monday on a draft resolution for imposing new sanctions against North Korea that would include freezing the assets of leader Kim Jong Un over its sixth and powerful nuclear test.

The United States wants the Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers overseas, and to subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday. For this resolution, a totally American draft was circulated Tuesday with a vote set six days later.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week that sanctions alone could not resolve the impasse on the Korean Peninsula.

United Nations diplomats did not rule out the possibility that China or Russian Federation could veto the measure, but stressed that the USA administration had launched a major push to win approval. Beijing and Moscow have called for a resolution that would halt North Korean nuclear missile tests in exchange for the USA and South Korea halting their traditional joint military exercises, a notion the Trump administration rejected.

The US is willing to risk a veto of its proposal rather than see it watered down, according to a Security Council diplomat who asked not to be identified while negotiations are ongoing.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called the nuclear risk in North Korea the most unsafe crisis in the world today, told reporters Tuesday that "the unity of the Security Council is absolutely crucial".

The United States has tentatively concluded that North Korea detonated an H-bomb over the weekend, as the regime has claimed, a senior USA administration official said Thursday.

He added, "To get the situation contained without war is going to be really hard, and that's if we've got our diplomacy right", he said.

As for the North Koreans, their official news agency Friday said the country's "nuclear weaponization. has reached its final phase".

The major powers than convened an emergency session of the security council where U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley argued forcefully for harsher sanctions, saying, "enough is enough", and that Kim was "begging for war".

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