US Pushing for UNSC Vote on Tougher Sanctions on N. Korea

Write : 2017-09-11 10:05:42 Update : 2017-09-11 15:23:25

US Pushing for UNSC Vote on Tougher Sanctions on N. Korea

Anchor: The U.S. is pushing for a vote at the UN Security Council on Monday on a new resolution against North Korea over its sixth nuclear test. However, China and Russia remain negative about the resolution, which contains tougher sanctions including a ban on oil exports to North Korea.
Our Kim In-kyung has the details.
Report: Last Monday, the U.S. strongly urged the UN Security Council(UNSC) to vote on a new round of sanctions against North Korea in a week, citing the urgency of the situation considering the North's sixth nuclear test.
Two days later, the U.S. circulated a draft resolution among the 14 UNSC member nations. At the request of the U.S., the Security Council is set to vote on new sanctions later Monday.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for maintaining the unity of the UNSC, saying that the dispute over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs is the world’s worst crisis in years.

However, China and Russia reportedly remain negative about the resolution, which includes a ban on oil exports to North Korea.
The U.S.-drafted resolution also puts North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the UN sanctions list for the first time and includes measures to thoroughly block North Korea’s income sources.
Clearly, Washington's goal is to see an adoption of the new resolution, but it also appears to be ready to see China and Russia veto it. Some observers say the U.S. could then lay the blame on them and launch tough unilateral sanctions against the North, including a secondary boycott. 

Nevertheless, the three nations are said to have conducted intense under-the-table negotiations throughout the weekend to narrow their differences. 

In order to pass, the resolution needs the support of at least nine of the 15 Security Council members, with none of the five permanent members, including China and Russia, exercising their veto privilege.
Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News.

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