Diplomats said Wednesday that the UN Security Council would vote on Thursday at the request of the United States to tighten sanctions on North Korea after launching intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The two diplomats told AFP on condition of anonymity that the United States, which is chairing the rotating Security Council for the month of May, had set a deadline of the afternoon for voting.
Earlier, a senior U.S. official said the resolution would focus on significantly curbing oil imports, although diplomats say Russia and China could use their veto power.
The official noted that Security Council Resolution 2397, which was unanimously adopted in 2017, called for further consequences in the case of another ICBM launch.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “It was a provision of that resolution. That is exactly what happened and so we think it is time to take action.”
The official declined to comment on whether Russia and China would veto the text, but said, “We think there will be strong support for this resolution because it is an issue that is deeply important to us, obviously, (and) deeply important to us. Ally Japan.” And South Korea. “
The draft resolution calls for reducing North Korea’s legal import of oil from four million to three million barrels (525,000 to 393,750 tons) per year for civilian purposes.
This would reduce imports of similarly refined petroleum from 500,000 to 375,000 barrels.
The proposal would further impose sanctions on North Korean exports, including watches, clocks and fossil fuels.
The United States and South Korea have said that North Korea fired three missiles, possibly including its largest ICBM, just hours after President Joe Biden stopped touring the region.
A UN envoy to the Security Council, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, acknowledged the “huge threat” posed by North Korea’s actions and indicated that the US decision to push for a speedy vote could still be delayed.
“This crisis will only worsen a section of the Security Council,” the ambassador said, referring to the “high stakes” on the “nuclear proliferation issue.”
“If the draft is rejected, I fear it will be good news for the young leader of the DPRK,” the ambassador said, adding that such a rift in the council would make it more difficult to “increase pressure”. Pyongyang.
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