North Korea could face strictest sanctions ever in United Nations vote Monday

US officials have said they want tough sanctions to maximize pressure on Pyongyang to agree to negotiations aimed at ending its nuclear and missile tests. The draft with the proposed penalties has already circulated the council members on Wednesday.

South Korea braced for a possible further missile test by North Korea when it marks its founding anniversary on Saturday. Washington wants to put more pressure on the North, which carried out its sixth nuclear test last Sunday, by imposing an oil embargo and freezing assets of the country's leader, Kim Jong Un.

Russian Federation doesn't believe sanctions are working, and President Vladimir Putin fears that cutting of the oil supply could hurt the North Korean people.

Experts believe the isolated regime is close to its goal of developing a powerful nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States, something President Donald Trump has vowed to prevent.

"Along with pressure on the North Korean regime to induce it to abandon provocations in the implementation of its nuclear and missile programs, it is necessary to emphasize and increase the priority of efforts to resume the political process", Lavrov said.

In reference to the United Nations vote, Japan is pushing for strong oil sanctions, while the US wants to ban textile exports and shut down the hiring of North Korean guest workers in other countries. Describing Mrs Haley's comments as a "hysteric fit", the state-run Korean Central News Agency threatened unspecified retribution.


In its recent report to the UNSC, the panel said that when China announced its decision to halt coal imports from North Korea in February, Pyongyang started exporting its coal to other countries like Malaysia and Vietnam.

"I would prefer not going the route of the military, but it is something certainly that could happen", Mr Trump said in a press conference at the White House.

The US is willing to risk a veto of its proposal rather than see it watered down, according to a Security Council diplomat who asked not to be identified while negotiations are ongoing.

The official also stressed the growing danger of a miscalculation by North Korea.

The U.S. demand for the Security Council to take swift action was viewed as a clear gauge of how seriously the Trump administration views the situation in North Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised the issue of North Korean "guest workers" in Kuwait during a meeting with the Middle Eastern country's foreign minister in Washington on Friday.


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