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US Demands UN Vote On North Korea Sanctions Despite Russian, Chinese Resistance

US Demands UN Vote On North Korea Sanctions Despite Russian, Chinese Resistance

The proposal, which also calls for freezing Kim's assets, has been sent to the 15 members of the Security Council, the diplomat said.

On reports that North Korea may test-launch another intercontinental ballistic missile on Saturday, the official said the U.S.is monitoring the situation and coordinating very closely with its allies.

Meanwhile, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday said his country will support new measures against North Korea following the latest nuclear test by the Kim Jong-un regime.

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.

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.

Rycroft said a proposed ban on all oil imports and textile exports, as well as prohibiting North Koreans from working overseas - which helps finance the country's nuclear program - was "a proportionate response" to North Korea's "illegal and reckless behavior".

"The defence sector, in step with the party's Byungjin policy (of developing the economy and nuclear weapons at the same time) must make cutting-edge Juche weapons in greater quantities", the Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial, referring to the national philosophy of "Juche" or self-reliance. Describing Mrs Haley's comments as a "hysteric fit", the state-run Korean Central News Agency threatened unspecified retribution.

On Thursday, Mr Trump said it wasn't inevitable that the U.S. would end up in a war with North Korea, but that military action remained an option.

He declined to say if he'd accept a nuclear-armed North Korea that can be successfully deterred from using such weapons.

He explained that this would force the US, and possibly Japan and South Korea, to try to do things unilaterally to increase pressure on North Korea.

"We're still assessing that test", the official told reporters in a teleconference, referring to the detonation on Sunday.

DeThomas agreed that it was unwise to break the unity of the Security Council, but he said the USA administration is unlikely to accept "a very watered down approach".

The Trump administration also kept up efforts to persuade other governments to scale back diplomatic and economic ties with North Korea.

According to the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the main exports to North Korea in 2015 were computers, integrated circuited boards, bananas and women's undergarments.

Earlier in the week, Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke for 45 minutes.

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