UN to vote on new North Korea sanctions on Wednesday

United Nations: The UN Security Council is scheduled to vote on Wednesday on a resolution on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) after the country conducted its fourth nuclear test in January.

Diplomats on Tuesday said that the council had planned to vote on the resolution on Tuesday afternoon, but Russia had asked for a procedural 24-hour review of the document, Xinhua reported.

The vote is now scheduled for Wednesday morning.

File image of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un. AFP

File image of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un. AFP

The US circulated the draft resolution to the 15-nation council last week. The resolution aims to impose new sanctions on DPRK to curb the country's nuclear programme.

The DPRK conducted its fourth nuclear test in January. Earlier, it had conducted three nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013 respectively.

Right after the DPRK's first nuclear test, the Security Council adopted a resolution to impose sanctions on the DPRK and set up a sanctions committee.

In response to nuclear tests conducted by the DPRK in 2009 and 2013, the Security Council adopted another three resolutions to strengthen various sanctions on the DPRK, which include an arms embargo, an embargo related to nuclear, ballistic missile, and a ban on the export of luxury goods.

IANS


Updated Date: Mar 02, 2016 09:07 AM

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