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US formally requests UNSC vote on N Korea sanctions

Iran Press TV

Sat Sep 9, 2017 1:47AM

The United States has formally requested the United Nations Security Council to vote on a draft resolution for the new sanctions against North Korea over its sixth and largest nuclear test.

"This evening, the United States informed the UN Security Council that it intends to call a meeting to vote on a draft resolution to establish additional sanctions on North Korea on Monday, September 11," according to a statement from the US mission to the UN issued on Friday.

The new draft UN resolution would prohibit exports of crude oil, condensate, refined petroleum products, and natural gas liquids to North Korea.

During a meeting of experts Friday, China and Russia, which both supply North Korea with oil, opposed the measures as a whole.

While China supplies North Korea with roughly 500,000 tons of crude oil and 200,000 tons of oil products annually, Russia provides the country with 40,000 tons of crude oil.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier said, "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."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has also urged a peaceful resolution of the standoff, calling on the US to take concrete actions to deescalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The US is against North Korea's nuclear weapons but Pyongyang says it will not give up on its nuclear deterrence unless Washington ends its hostile policy toward the country and dissolves the US-led UN command in South Korea. Thousands of US soldiers are stationed in South Korea and Japan.

On Sunday, North Korea sent shock waves across the world by detonating a hydrogen bomb, which was its sixth and the biggest nuclear test to date. The bomb was also about three times more powerful than America's atomic bomb that destroyed Japan's Hiroshima in 1945.

Two days later, Pyongyang warned the United States that it is prepared to send "more gift packages" to Washington.

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