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Nuke threat: UN to decide on banning 90% of oil supplies to N Korea today

The United States has been in negotiations with China, Pyongyang's ally, on slapping new sanctions on North Korea

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North Korea, Kim Jong-Un
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The will vote today on a US-drafted resolution ramping up sanctions on by restricting supplies vital for Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs. The United States has been in negotiations with China, Pyongyang's ally, on slapping new sanctions in response to the November 28 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The vote is scheduled for 1:00 pm (local time), diplomats said. Building on previous sanctions resolutions, the new draft tightens restrictions on crude and refined deliveries to North Korea, most of which are supplied by China. The measure would ban the supply of nearly 90 per cent of refined products to and order the repatriation of all North Korean nationals working abroad within 12 months, according to the text obtained by AFP. US President asked Chinese President Xi Jinping last month to cut off to North Korea, a move that would deal a crippling blow to its desperately struggling economy. Tens of thousands of North Koreans have been sent to Russia and China to earn hard currency for Pyongyang, working in what UN rights officials have described as "slave-like conditions." The draft resolution would cap supplies to four million barrels per year and require countries to seek UN permission to ship crude to Deliveries of refined petroleum products including diesel and kerosene would be capped at 500,000 barrels for next year, according to the measure that would order all countries to report their shipments to the Since last year, has carried out a nuclear test -- its sixth -- and a series of advanced missile launches which are banned under UN resolutions.

First Published: Fri, December 22 2017. 09:53 IST
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