US Demands UN Vote On North Korea Sanctions Despite Russian, Chinese Resistance

Michele Moreno
September 10, 2017

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

The Philippines has suspended trade relations with North Korea to comply with a United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution over its repeated missile tests, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

The draft resolution includes a full ban on exports of oil to North Korea, a full ban on textile imports from North Korea, a ban on North Korean labourers generating earnings overseas, and the asset freeze, which will also target members of the ruling worker's party, the diplomat said, calling it a "hard-hitting, ambitious resolution", CNN reported.

The speedy US action is prompted by Washington's concern over what North Korea leadership claims was a hydrogen bomb test last weekend, as well as its recent missile launch over Japan, several diplomats said.

"Oil sanctions are the most effective sanctions, so I'd like to strongly ask for this", he said.

United Nations diplomats did not rule out the possibility that China or Russian Federation could veto the measure, but stressed that the USA administration had launched a major push to win approval.

"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.

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.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called the nuclear risk in North Korea the most unsafe crisis in the world today, told reporters Tuesday that "the unity of the Security Council is absolutely crucial".

"The US intent is so strong on this issue and clearly they are throwing a lot at this", said a Security Council diplomat. Meanwhile, the considering fresh sanctions to counter North Korea's increasingly frequent and powerful missile launches.

"It's clear that American diplomacy over the past two decades has failed because this is where we are with North Korea, but if we failed, the Chinese ought to be abjectly embarrassed over their failures", he said. This is according to a statement released by the US mission to the United Nations on Friday evening, local time. "War is never something the Unites States wants - we don't want it now".

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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