The vote on the UN Security Council draft resolution introducing tougher sanctions against North Korea has been postponed until Wednesday at the request of Russia, the US mission to the United Nations said in a statement Tuesday.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — On January 6, Pyongyang said it had successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test which triggered a wave of condemnation from the international community. On February 7, North Korea launched a Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite atop a long-range rocket, defying a UN Security Council resolution which bans Pyongyang from launching rockets that could be used as ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads.
"Subsequent to the United States’ request to place the draft sanctions resolution on DPRK into blue and to schedule a Council vote for this afternoon, Russia invoked a procedural 24-hour review of the resolution, so the vote will be on Wednesday," the statement read.
Earlier in the day, US envoy to the UN Samantha Power said that the resolution introduces the strongest set of sanctions imposed by the United Nations for the last 20 years.
Restrictions are slated to affect multiple sectors of North Korea's economy, make all cargo going to and from the country subject to inspection, ban conventional arms' sale and delivery of aviation and rocket fuel to Pyongyang, and restrict or prohibit the nation's export of coal, iron, gold, titanium, and rare natural minerals.
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