UNITED NATIONS, March 1. /TASS/. The vote on the draft resolution on the toughening of sanctions against North Korea (DPRK) will be held at the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Reuters reported with reference to the US mission to the United Nations.
According to the agency, the vote is scheduled for 23:00, Moscow time (20:00 GMT).
Last week the United States presented to the 15-nation council a draft resolution it negotiated with China that would significantly tighten restrictions after North Korea's nuclear test and rocket launch, and create what it described as the toughest UN sanctions regime in two decades, Reuters reported.
On January 7, the DPRK government announced the launch of a carrier rocket with the Kwangmyongsong (Shining Star) satellite. A month earlier, on January 6, Pyongyang carried out its fourth underground nuclear test over the last 10 years. The UN Security Council Resolutions 1718, 1874, 2087 and 2094 prohibit any activity in DPRK related to nuclear technology, as well as with the development of ballistic missiles. After this, the UN Security Council started the work on a resolution that would tighten sanctions against North Korea. Negotiations on the text of the document took place over several weeks between the US and China.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told reporters the new measures, if approved, would be "the strongest set of sanctions imposed by the Security Council in more than two decades."
According to Reuters, the proposal would close a gap in the UN arms embargo on Pyongyang by banning all weapons imports and exports. There would also be an unprecedented ban on the transfer to North Korea of any item that could directly contribute to the operational capabilities of the North Korean armed forces, such as trucks that could be modified for military purposes. Other proposed measures include a ban on all supplies of aviation and rocket fuel to North Korea, a requirement for states to expel North Korean diplomats engaging in illicit activities, and blacklisting 17 North Korean individuals and 12 entities, including the National Aerospace Development Agency or 'NADA', the body responsible for February's rocket launch. The resolution, if adopted, will also expand financial sanctions on the DPRK banking sphere.
North Korea has been under UN sanctions since 2006 because of its multiple nuclear tests and rocket launches.