5 March 2013, 07:16

UN SC holds consultations Tuesday on North Korea's nuclear test

UN SC holds consultations Tuesday on North Korea's nuclear test

Chairman of the UN Security Council, Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin today convenes informal consultations in connection with North Korea’s nuclear test on February 12.

This information was released by the UN press service. It is expected the meeting will discuss a draft resolution on extension of sanctions against North Korean individuals and entities involved in Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile program. The consultations are scheduled for 20:00 MSK.

North Korea carried out its tests despite the existing two resolutions enforcing sanctions against the country. They include, inter alia, a ban on supply of arms and materials that could be used for North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, the freezing of accounts of those involved in it.

U.S., China in tentative deal on UN N.Korea sanctions draft

The United States and China have struck a tentative deal on a draft U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution that would punish North Korea for its third nuclear test last month, U.N. diplomats said on Monday.

Separately, the U.N. press office announced that Russia, which holds the presidency of the 15-nation Security Council this month, will convene closed-door consultations on North Korea at 11:00 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) in New York on Tuesday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the U.N. diplomats said they hoped to receive the draft resolution at Tuesday's council session. They added that they hope the council will vote on the resolution by the end of this week.

Voice of Russia, RIA, Reuters

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