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article imageU.N. Security Council to discuss North Korea

By Paul Iddon     Mar 5, 2013 in Politics
The United Nations Security Council is to hold closed-door discussions over North Korea following indications that the United States and China have reached a deal on imposing sanctions on that country in response to its latest nuclear test.
The United Nations press office announced this. Russia the holder of the Security Council presidency is set to bring together the members that will make up the private session which will decide what their policy towards North Korea is. And presumably what agreements they can come to. A draft resolution is expected at the session and a vote on said resolution will be undertaken by the end of the week. (KGMI, March 5 2013)
North Korea is already under sanctions that target government and individuals in a bid to restrict their financial dealings and activities along with their trading and testing of missiles and nuclear technology. Beijing, which is considered to be North Korea's only ally and its most reliable business and trading partner, has shown restraint in the past when it came to passing sanctions on its neighbor fearing the instability such sanctions may have on that country and the incremental affects that could in turn have on China's border regions with North Korea.
Nevertheless China seems to be, at present at any rate, to be more-or-less supportive of these planned measures. Details of the deal it has reached with the U.S. have yet to be announced .The country's spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, reiterated the Chinese position to be that of supporting "the UN Security Council in reacting moderately and explicitly objects to North Korea's nuclear test." (BBC News, March 5 2013)
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