BEIJING (Sputnik) – The UN Security Council is expected to approve the proposed resolution expanding sanctions against North Korea later in the day.
"As we have said before, the nuclear test and the missile launch by North Korea violated UN Security Council resolutions, and it is important that the Security Council adopt a new resolution to restrict the development of nuclear and missile programs by North Korea. If the resolution is adopted, China will strictly abide by it," Hong said at a press briefing.
In January, Pyongyang conducted its fourth nuclear test and launched a ballistic missile in February in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
On February 25, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said that Washington had circulated a draft resolution to expand the sanctions against North Korea due to its nuclear activities, bringing the restrictive measures against Pyongyang to what has been described as an unprecedented level.