United Nations, Feb 25: The United States and China have agreed on a draft resolution imposing fresh sanctions on North Korea and the Security Council could vote on the measure in the coming days, diplomats have said.
The United States circulated the draft text to the other three permanent council members -- Britain, France and Russia -- and was set to formally present it to the full 15-member council soon, said the diplomats yesterday, who asked not to be named.
"There is good progress on the resolution and we are hopeful that there will be an adoption in the coming days," a council diplomat said.
Negotiations on the draft resolution began six weeks ago after North Korea carried out its fourth nuclear test on January 6 and claimed it was a thermonuclear device.
"There were a significant number of blockage points between these two countries," said the diplomat referring to the United States and China. "But there is agreement between these two countries," he added. After talks in Washington on Tuesday with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US Secretary of State John Kerry said "there is no question that if the resolution is approved, it will go beyond anything that we have previously passed."