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The North Korea resolution before the UN Security Council is strong enough to make it "abundantly clear" to that country that its claimed nuclear weapons test "was a very bad decision," a senior State Department official said Thursday.
Christopher Hill, assistant secretary for East Asian affairs, brushed aside suggestions that the resolution will make little difference to North Korea.
Hill said that with John Bolton, a known hard-liner on North Korea, leading the deliberations for the US in the council, "We're not going to take a position that we can't live with." He spoke to a gathering at the National Press Club.
Hill said he could not go into detail about the text of the resolution, which will impose sanctions on Kim Jong Il's government.
"The resolution, when passed, will really have teeth to it," Hill said. "I think everyone agreed it is important that North Korea can't get access to technology to advance their programs."
Hill seemed particularly pleased at the ability of the US and China to work together on the resolution.
"What we are doing today with China with respect to a neighbor of China is unprecedented," he said.