'UN Panel Finds N. Korea Using Loopholes to Avoid UN Sanctions'

'UN Panel Finds N. Korea Using Loopholes to Avoid UN Sanctions'

'UN Panel Finds N. Korea Using Loopholes to Avoid UN Sanctions'

The United States aims to impose the strictest sanctions ever on North Korea, with a vote on a U.N. resolution set to take place Monday amid mounting tensions between the two countries.

Several diplomats said the US 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.

Our top story this afternoon The United States has officially asked the UN Security Council to vote this coming Monday - September 11th - on a resolution approving much tougher sanctions on North Korea for its recent nuclear test.

The draft was circulated among Security Council members on Wednesday.

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One month after a ban on coal, iron and shellfish imports from North Korea, diplomatic sources said council members are seeking new measures to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test on September 3.

In reference to the United Nations vote, Japan is pushing for strong oil sanctions, while the USA wants to ban textile exports and shut down the hiring of North Korean guest workers in other countries.

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.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said it is too early to talk about a vote at the Security Council on new North Korea sanctions, insisting any pressure should be balanced against restarting talks. South Korea was on alert after thinking they might celebrate with another ballistic missile test, but instead it was a more staid affair with ceremonies to honor past leaders.

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Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft stressed that "maximum possible pressure" must be placed on North Korea to give diplomacy a shot at ending the ongoing crisis.

The remark underscores the gravity of the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, as an H-bomb is far more destructive than the atomic weapons the regime has tested in the past.

He explained that this would force the US, and possibly Japan and South Korea, to try to do things unilaterally to increase pressure on North Korea.

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

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