USA determined to have United Nations vote Monday on N.Korea sanctions: diplomats

A draft resolution needs nine affirmative votes from members of the Council and zero vetoes from permanent members in order to pass.

The US has circulated a draft resolution that would, aside from barring crude oil shipments to North Korea, ban the nation's exports of textiles and prohibit employment of its guest workers by other countries, according to a diplomat at the world body.

The United States is determined to have a vote at the UN Security Council on Monday on imposing tough new sanctions against North Korea despite resistance from China and Russia, UN diplomats said.

China and Russian Federation appeared willing to negotiate after all 15 Security Council members discussed the draft Friday, according to diplomats who spoke on the speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions on the resolution have been private.

The mouthpiece of the North's ruling party called for more "miracle-like events" such as the two ICBM tests to deter the United States which it said was bent "decapitating" leader Kim Jong-Un. "Oil sanctions are the most effective sanctions, so I'd like to strongly ask for this", he said on Saturday on Nippon Television.

United Nations diplomatic sources said they doubted either China or Moscow, both of which have the power to veto United Nations council resolutions, would accept anything more stringent than a ban on imports of North Korean textiles.

Russian Federation has said sanctions aren't working and President Vladimir Putin expressed concern that a total oil cutoff could hurt the North Korean people.

Tension on the Korean peninsula has escalated as the North has stepped up the development of weapons, testing a string of missiles this year, including one flying over Japan, and conducting its sixth nuclear test on Sunday.

"Along with pressure on the North Korean regime to induce it to abandon provocations in the implementation of its nuclear and missile programs, it is necessary to emphasize and increase the priority of efforts to resume the political process", Lavrov said.

The United States has tentatively concluded that North Korea detonated an H-bomb over the weekend, as the regime has claimed, a senior US administration official said Thursday.

Mexico has given North Korea's ambassador 72 hours to leave the country, though Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray later said it had not broken off diplomatic ties.

"To get the situation contained without war is going to be really hard, and that's if we've got our diplomacy right", he said.

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations said it had no comment on the KCNA report, which concluded by saying: "The U.S. administration will have to pay a dear price for her tongue-lashing".

As for the North Koreans, their official news agency Friday said the country's "nuclear weaponization. has reached its final phase".


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