U.N. nears N. Korea resolution vote

Oct. 14, 2006 at 3:31 PM
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UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The draft U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution in reaction to North Korea's claimed nuclear test appears close to a vote.

The council Friday night called for noon Saturday consultations preceding a posssible vote on the measure.

Council members and experts held intensive negotiations through the week on the draft, which has been amended several times. The five veto-wielding permanent members of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States have been huddling with Japan to iron out differences.

China has insisted all along if the measure invokes the U.N. Charter's tough Chapter VII, the use of arms be ruled out in enforcing sanctions.

Friday night's version reflected that, limiting enforcement to Article 41 which says the "council may decide what measure not involving the use of armed force are to be employed to give effect to its decisions."

Japan, the United States and others had sought interdiction of Pyongyang's ships on the high seas and opponents to such a tactic feared it would lead to North Korea claiming provocation.

The latest version, still open to amendment, instead of calling for an all encompassing ban on weapons, now lists the contraband and also makes it clear another resolution would be necessary if further action, including any military action, is sought.

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