UNITED NATIONS - The United States has circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that would condemn North Korea for its December rocket launch and calls for tightening existing UN sanctions, diplomats said on Monday.

The draft was the result of a deal between the United States and China, the envoys said on condition of anonymity. Even though the draft does not call for any new sanctions against Pyongyang, diplomats said China's support for the resolution represented a significant diplomatic blow to Pyongyang.

"We hope to have a vote midweek," one diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity

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