The UN Security Council will vote on Saturday on a US-drafted resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea, aiming to deprive Pyongyang of almost a billion euros in annual export revenue.
The United States has been negotiating the proposed new measures with China, North Korea’s main trading partner and ally, since Pyongyang launched its first of two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.
The draft resolution would ban North Korea’s exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.
It would also prevent North Korea from sending additional workers abroad, prohibit all new joint ventures and ban new investment in the current joint companies.
The United States and China have been negotiating the draft text for the past month. Typically, they agree sanctions on North Korea before formally involving other council members.
One council diplomat, indicated that China and Russia would support the resolution, which was circulated to the 15 Security Council members on Friday.