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US, China agree on North Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS — The United States and China have reached agreement on a new draft sanctions resolution to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, UN diplomats said late Monday.

The UN Security Council announced late Monday it will hold closed consultations on North Korea and nonproliferation at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made, said the United States is expected to circulate a draft resolution to the full council at the meeting.

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All 15 council members approved a press statement condemning Pyongyang’s nuclear test and pledging further action hours after North Korea carried out its third atomic blast on Feb. 12.

The swift and unanimous response from the UN’s most powerful body set the stage for a fourth round of sanctions against Pyongyang.

For the last three weeks, the United States, a close ally of South Korea and Japan, has been negotiating the text of a new resolution with China, the closest ally of North Korea.

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