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    UNSC North Korea Sanctions Resolution Debate in Final Stages - Japanese FM

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    The draft UN Security Council sanctions resolution regarding North Korea's nuclear program is near completion, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) The UN Security Council (UNSC) may consider the draft resolution on new sanctions against North Korea next week, according to earlier reports.

    "Japan, as a non-permanent Security Council member, has also made its contribution to the discussion alongside other interested countries, such as the United States. I have received news that the discussions are near the end," Kishida said, as quoted by the NHK public broadcaster.

    The minister did not disclose any details of the resolution, adding that Japan is also considering its own sanctions against North Korea and will take UNSC and other countries' sanctions into account when making the final decision.

    The UN Security Council has banned North Korea from researching nuclear and ballistic missile technologies, but world powers fear that Pyongyang uses its satellite program as a cover-up for ballistic missile tests.

    Earlier this year, the United Nations adopted Resolution 2270 that tightened sanctions against Pyongyang after North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb in January.

    On September 5, Pyongyang launched three ballistic missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan. Several days later it conducted successful test of a nuclear warhead, which is believed to be the fifth and largest blast since Pyongyang began pursuing nuclear and ballistic missile programs. On October 14, North Korea carried out a failed test of the Musadan intermediate-range ballistic missile near the northwestern city of Kusong.

    The incidents have sparked concern in neighboring Japan, as North Korean missiles reached Japanese waters after flying over 600 miles from the launch site during early September's ballistic test.


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