Russia Extends UN Security Council Voting On DPRK Resolution

A UN Security Council vote on sanctions on Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been postponed until Wednesday morning at Russia's request.

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Diplomats said on Tuesday that the Council originally planned to vote on the resolution on Tuesday afternoon, but Russia had asked for a procedural 24-hour review of the document.

The UN Security Council vote on a resolution regarding the nuclear test of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, on March 7, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua]
The UN Security Council vote on a resolution regarding the nuclear test of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, on March 7, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua]
The vote is now planned for 10 a.m. local time(1500 GMT) on Wednesday.

The United States circulated the draft resolution to the 15-nation Council last week. The resolution aims to impose new sanctions on DPRK to curb the country’s nuclear program.

The DPRK conducted its fourth nuclear test in January. It has previously conducted three nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, respectively.

Right after the DPRK’s first nuclear test, the Security Council adopted a resolution to impose sanctions on the DPRK and set up a sanctions committee.

In response to nuclear tests conducted by the DPRK in 2009 and 2013, the Security Council adopted another three resolutions to strengthen various sanctions on the DPRK, which include an arms embargo, an embargo related to nuclear, ballistic missile, and a ban on the export of luxury goods.

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