US, China agree on draft North Korea sanctions resolution at UN: Envoys

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U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told Kyodo News the same day that the document includes “unprecedented sanctions” and “goes well beyond anything we have done for North Korea, anything we did at all for Iran, which of course had a devastating effect on the Iranian economy”.

Wang, however, said that China remained concerned that the X-band radar to be deployed with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system could jeopardize his country’s “legitimate national security interests” as it had a range that extended far beyond the Korean peninsula into the interior of China. The United States and China have reached agreement on a U.N. resolution that would impose tougher sanctions on North Korea as punishment for its latest nuclear test and rocket launch, U.N. diplomats said Wednesday.
Discussions between Seoul and Washington over the deployment of THAAD batteries on the Korean peninsula began in June of 2014 following Scaparrotti’s request to the US government. The U.S. said it will submit the draft to council members Thursday, and they’ll likely discuss it in the afternoon.
The draft text was presented to the 15-member council after the United States and China, Pyongyang’s sole ally, agreed on the package of measures, capping six weeks of tough negotiations.
Whether the development, confirmed today by diplomats at the UN Security Council, means that China will take steps to prevent North Korean ships from bringing coal and iron ore to Chinese ports remains unclear.
Beijing fears too much pressure could trigger the collapse of the pariah regime, creating chaos on its border.
Developing a strong China-U.S. relationship is in the interests of both sides and is in accordance with the aspirations of the global community, he said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong un at launch site command center during this month’s long-range missile launch.
“We look forward to working with the council on a strong and comprehensive response to the DPRK’s (North Korea’s) latest series of tests aimed at advancing their nuclear weapons program”, he said.
The talk of THAAD has also drawn the ire of Russian Federation, where officials say it would be an unnecessarily aggressive USA military move in North Asia.
“China holds unswerving goodwill toward North Korea, which Chinese society hopes Pyongyang can understand”, it said.
The council has imposed four sets of sanctions on North Korea since it first tested an atomic device in 2006.
The measure also authorizes $50 million over five years to transmit radio broadcasts into North Korea and support humanitarian assistance programs.
“China’s interference in a decision that’s to be made between alliance partners, the Republic of Korea and the United States, their interference in that process is preposterous, especially when you consider that THAAD is not a threat to China,” Harris told reporters at the Pentagon.
Underscoring the importance that the U.S. placed on the negotiations, the statement said that President Barack Obama dropped in on the meeting.
However, Hua also reiterated China’s position that sanctions will not provide “a fundamental solution to the Korean nuclear issue”.
Meanwhile, South Korea and the USA will continue their talks on the North Korea sanctions on Friday, when Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel is scheduled to meet with officials at Seoul’s Foreign Ministry.
South Korea and Japan have also announced new measures against Pyongyang.