US Presses for UNSC Vote on North Korea Sanctions This Monday


South Korean soldiers travel in an armored vehicle along a road near the border in Paju, South Korea, on Wednesday.

The United States called on the U.N. Security Council to vote on increased sanctions against North Korea after its most recent nuclear test. The vote in response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test is intended for September 11, the USA mission to the United Nations announced on Friday night.

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said he hoped for a firm United Nations resolution, adding stronger economic penalties might lead to a change in North Korea's behaviour.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, who backs "robust" new sanctions, said Thursday that the US proposals to ban all oil imports and textile exports and prohibit North Koreans from working overseas - which helps fund and fuel the country's nuclear and missile programs - are "a proportionate response" to its "illegal and reckless behavior". Mr Kim has said he won't negotiate unless America drops its "hostile" policies.

Several diplomats said the USA demand for a speedy council vote was aimed at putting maximum pressure on China and reflected Washington's escalating concern over North Korea's latest nuclear test, which its leaders touted as a hydrogen bomb, and its recent ballistic missile launch over Japan.

North Korea on September 3 detonated a hydrogen bomb that can be carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Russian Federation doesn't believe sanctions are working, and President Vladimir Putin fears that cutting of the oil supply could hurt the North Korean people. China is North Korea's main ally and by far its biggest trading partner, including for oil shipments.

Rycroft said a proposed ban on all oil imports and textile exports, as well as prohibiting North Koreans from working overseas - which helps finance the country's nuclear program - was "a proportionate response" to North Korea's "illegal and reckless behavior".

Diplomatic sources said Russian Federation and China opposed the measures as a whole, except for the ban on textiles, during a meeting Friday of experts from the 15 Security Council members.

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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"We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked", Haley said.

"The US administration will have to pay a dear price for her tongue-lashing", KCNA said of Mrs Haley's remarks.

He declined to say if he'd accept a nuclear-armed North Korea that can be successfully deterred from using such weapons. Meanwhile, the considering fresh sanctions to counter North Korea's increasingly frequent and powerful missile launches.

The official said the danger of war is rising, and the USA is also concerned about North Korea exporting its nuclear technology to other nations or to terrorist groups.

The official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, also said there was a grave risk that North Korea might "miscalculate" the US response to its behaviour and warned Pyongyang not to "under-estimate American will to protect ourselves and our allies".

The US is willing to risk a veto of its proposal rather than see it watered down, according to a Security Council diplomat who asked not to be identified while negotiations are ongoing.

Banks that appear to be operated by Chinese companies may also be owned by North Korea, according to MBC.

"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. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano told reporters in Manila on Friday his country was ready to cut trade ties to North Korea.