US to present UN draft resolution
united nations—The United States was to formally present to the UN Security Council on Thursday a draft resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea, a US spokesman said.
US Ambassador Samantha Power “intends to submit for consideration by the Security Council a draft sanctions resolution in response to the DPRK’s recent nuclear test and subsequent proscribed ballistic missile launch,” US spokesman Kurtis Cooper said.
“We look forward to working with the Council on a strong and comprehensive response to the DPRK’s latest series of tests aimed at advancing their nuclear weapons program.”
The United States said on Wednesday that it had reached agreement with China on the text following six weeks of tough negotiations.
The 15-member council will meet at 1900 GMT to discuss the draft, but it remained unclear when a vote on the measure would take place.
UN diplomats have said a vote could happen in the coming days.
North Korea carried out its fourth nuclear test on January 6, claiming it had successfully developed a thermonuclear device, and test-fired a rocket on February 7. Both tests were in violation of a series of resolutions barring North Korea from developing a nuclear and ballistic missile programme.—AFP