UN council to vote on North Korea sanctions text agreed by US, China

By REUTERS
March 1, 2016 16:18

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council plans to vote on Tuesday on a US-Chinese resolution that would dramatically expand existing UN sanctions on Pyongyang, including requiring inspections of all cargo going to and from North Korea and blacklisting North Koreans active in Syria, Iran and Vietnam.

The vote on the proposal, a response to North Korea's Jan. 6 nuclear test, is expected to come during a meeting that begins at 3 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Tuesday, the US mission to the United Nations said in a statement to reporters on Monday.

After nearly two months of bilateral negotiations that at one point involved US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, China agreed to support the unusually tough measures intended to persuade North Korea to abandon its atomic weapons program.

Last week the United States presented the 15-nation council with the draft resolution that would significantly tighten restrictions after North Korea's nuclear test and rocket launch, and create what it described as the toughest UN sanctions regime in two decades.


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