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U.N. Security Council moving fast to impose sanctions on N. Korea: British envoy

2016/10/05 05:38

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council is "moving fast" to adopt a new sanctions resolution on North Korea for its fifth nuclear test, Britain's U.N. ambassador was quoted as saying Tuesday.

"I think we are moving fast, or at least fast by normal Security Council standards, to impose additional significant measures in light of the continued breaches of the resolutions, and that's progressing," Amb. Matthew Rycroft told reporters, according to the DPA news agency.

The Security Council condemned the North's Sept. 9 nuclear test and pledged to adopt a new sanctions resolution. Officials said the United States and China have been in negotiations to reach agreement on how strong new sanctions should be.

Cooperation from China is key to putting together any meaningful punishment for the North as it is one of the five veto-holding permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and the main provider of food and fuel to the impoverished North.

China, the North's last-remaining major ally, has been reluctant to use its influence over Pyongyang for fear that pushing the regime too hard could result in instability in the North and hurt Chinese national interests.

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