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The US says that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council have reached agreement on the final language for the resolution that will impose sanctions on North Korea. The agreement comes just before the scheduled UNSC vote:
The United States, Britain and France overcame last-minute differences with Russia and China on a U.N. resolution imposing punishing sanctions on North Korea, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Saturday.
"We are very pleased at this outcome and look forward to the council's imminent adoption of the resolution, co-sponsored by all 15 council members," U.S. Ambassador John Bolton told reporters after a brief closed council meeting.
The Security Council was expected to approve the resolution unanimously Saturday afternoon.
The language will have an explicit disavowal of military action, but Kim Jong-Il has said he will consider any such resolution an act of war. China's support for the sanctions might convince him otherwise. More details as they become available ...
UPDATE: In the meantime, Major Mike takes down John Kerry and his comments about Kim's "Bush bomb" in this post.
UPDATE II: The new agreement also bans sale on a moderate range of military hardware, not all arms, as had been demanded by the US originally. It still ends the sale of tanks, warships, combat aircraft and missiles.
UPDATE III: UNSC passes sanctions unanimously:
The UN Security Council has voted unanimously in favour of a resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea over its claimed nuclear test.
Resolution 1718 includes a ban on imports on many military items and imposes financial sanctions, but is not backed by the threat of military force.
The vote had been delayed because of concerns raised by China and Russia about the US-proposed draft text.
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