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All key Russian demands for UN resolution on North Korea taken into account — diplomat

September 12, 15:50 UTC+3

On Monday, the UN Security Council unanimously voted for a resolution specifying tougher sanctions against North Korea

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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

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MOSCOW, September 12. /TASS/. All Russia’s basic requirements to the UN Security Council draft resolution on North Korea proposed by the US have been taken into account, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday.

"Within a short period of time of work on the resolution, which was conceived by its co-authors as a tool of stifling North Korean citizens, the parties have been able to remove totally unacceptable provisions," the diplomat noted. "All Russia’s key demands for the resolution have been taken into account in the text, the co-authors have not crossed our red lines."

Zakharova noted that, for example, the parties have been able to remove the provision concerning the deportation of labor migrants and make sure that the joint Russian-North Korean enterprise in Rajin is absent from the sanctions lists. "Demands for the forcible interception of vessels at sea and their inspection were barred from the resolution, and this part of the document has been brought in line with the international maritime law," she went on to say. "The provisions on expanding the list of dual-use goods has been brought in line with the procedures of the sanctions committee."

"The provisions on the oil embargo have been removed from the text as well," Zakharova said.

On Monday, the UN Security Council unanimously voted for a resolution specifying tougher sanctions against North Korea. The decision came in response to another nuclear test conducted by North Korea in early September.

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