Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

US calls for UNSC meet over N.Korea draft resolution

US calls for UNSC meet over N.Korea draft resolution

Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week that sanctions alone could not resolve the impasse on the Korean Peninsula.

The U.S. mission to the United Nations released a statement saying that it intends to call a Security Council meeting to vote on September 11 on the draft resolution imposing additional sanctions on the North, according to an AFP report.

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".

At an emergency Security Council meeting last week, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced that her delegation was circulating the draft resolution.

The renewed debate on sanctions at the United Nations came as South Korea reported detecting small traces of radioactive particles that could have come from the detonation of what Pyongyang said was its most powerful hydrogen bomb in an underground test last weekend.

The United States wants tough sanctions to be imposed to maximise pressure on Pyongyang to come to the table and negotiate an end to its nuclear and missile tests. The Wall Street Journal reported that a panel of experts who advise the UN Security Council's North Korean Sanctions Committee concluded in a recently submitted interim analysis on the implementation of sanctions on North Korea that more member countries had submitted sanctions implementation reports than before, but that the actual implementation of the sanctions was far from achieving the key goal of North Korea's denuclearization.

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On Thursday, Mr Trump said it wasn't inevitable that the USA would end up in a war with North Korea, but that military action remained an option.

He declined to say if he'd accept a nuclear-armed North Korea that can be successfully deterred from using such weapons.

"The US intent is so strong on this issue and clearly they are throwing a lot at this", said a Security Council diplomat. "War is never something the Unites States wants - we don't want it now". A senior administration official later told reporters that the USA won't let North Korea extort or threaten the world with its nuclear programme, and that the administration isn't sure the country could be deterred.

The Trump administration also kept up efforts to persuade other governments to scale back diplomatic and economic ties with North Korea. The U.S. also identified nine North Korean ships that failed to comply with the previous United Nations resolutions.

Earlier in the week, Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke for 45 minutes.

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