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Russia to be ready to vote on UN resolution on North Korea next week — diplomat

February 26, 2016, 8:46 UTC+3

Moscow needs time to study the document

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UNITED NATIONS, February 26. /TASS/. The consideration of the US-sponsored UN Security Council’s draft resolution on toughening sanction against North Korea (DPRK) will be possible only next week, Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN Pyotr Ilyichev told reporters on Thursday.

According to him, Moscow needs time to study the document. "The draft contains a vast number of details, there are many proposals there that we need to analyze," the diplomat said. Asked when the Russian delegation will be ready to vote, he replied: "Next week."

The diplomat said that Russia has announced its agreement to adopt a resolution in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and launch of a rocket with a satellite. "We said that the previous resolutions of the UN Security Council were violated and that a response, but an adequate one, should be given to these violations," he said.

In January, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said that new sanctions of the UN Security Council should not cause a humanitarian or economic collapse in North Korea.

Negotiations on the text of a future resolution have been conducted between the United States and China over several weeks. The document was submitted to the UN Security Council on Thursday by US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power.

She said that the draft resolution provides for the toughest set of sanctions introduced by the Security Council over the past 20 years. In particular, the document provides for the mandatory inspection of all cargoes going to North Korea, as well as a ban on the purchase of coal, iron, gold, titanium and other raw materials and metals from the country. Furthermore, the resolution, if adopted, will introduce an embargo on the supplies of aviation and rocket fuel to North Korea.

The Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday that Washington and Beijing have agreed to include in the new sanctions package against Pyongyang a ban on supplies of aviation fuel used by North Korea’s Air Force. The US side insisted on a full ban of oil supplies to the country but China refused to back such a harsh measure saying that it harms the civilian population of North Korea.

On February 7, North Korea announced a successful launch of the Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite into space. A month earlier, on January 6, Pyongyang carried out an underground nuclear test sparking international fury.

North Korea previously conducted three nuclear tests: in 2006, in 2009 and in 2013. Following these tests, the United Nations Security Council imposed various sanctions on Pyongyang. Resolutions 1718, 1874, 2087 and 2094 ban North Korea from any activity linked to nuclear technologies and also developing ballistic missiles. The UN Security Council said it would adopt a new resolution toughening sanctions against Pyongyang.

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