U.S., backed by China, proposes tough North Korea sanctions at U.N.




 
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February 26th, 2016  
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Topic: U.S., backed by China, proposes tough North Korea sanctions at U.N.


By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States presented a draft U.N. Security Council resolution on Thursday it negotiated with China that would dramatically tighten existing restrictions on North Korea after its Jan. 6 nuclear test and create the toughest U.N. sanctions regime in over two decades. The draft, seen by Reuters, would require U.N. member states to conduct mandatory inspections of all cargo passing through their territory to or from North Korea to look for illicit goods. The United States used the nearly two months of bilateral negotiations that at one point involved President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, diplomats said, to win China's support for unusually tough measures intended to persuade its ally North Korea to abandon its atomic weapons program.




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