USA unsure if North Korea can be deterred - Trump administration official

Trump's plan to starve North Korea of oil is a long shot

The US has formally requested a UN Security Council vote on Monday on tough new sanctions against North Korea despite resistance from China and Russian Federation, as Pyongyang's state media calls for a nuclear arms buildup.

Washington has presented a draft United Nations resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea, an assets freeze on Kim Jong-Un, a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers.

United States says it intends to call a meeting on Monday to vote on a draft resolution establishing additional sanctions on North Korea for its missile and nuclear program.

The proposal, which also calls for freezing Kim's assets, has been sent to the 15 members of the Security Council, the diplomat said.

The United States and other Western countries have asked the UN to consider tough new sanctions on North Korea after its test last week that it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb.

It was not immediately clear how North Korean ally China and Russian Federation would vote, but a senior USA official on Friday night expressed skepticism that either nation would accept anything more stringent than a ban on imports of North Korean textiles.

New measures by the global community should be aimed at "harming the nuclear and missile program of the government of North Korea while helping restart dialogue and negotiation", Wang said.

North Korea has been able to conduct multiple tests of ballistic missiles and carry out nuclear tests because it is able to circumvent loosely enforced sanctions, according to a South Korean television network.

"The US intent is so strong on this issue and clearly they are throwing a lot at this", said a Security Council diplomat.

The U.S. demand for the Security Council to take swift action was viewed as a clear gauge of how seriously the Trump administration views the situation in North Korea.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called the nuclear risk in North Korea the most unsafe crisis in the world today, told reporters Tuesday that "the unity of the Security Council is absolutely crucial".

As for the North Koreans, their official news agency on Friday said the country's "nuclear weaponization. has reached its final phase".

The major powers than convened an emergency session of the security council where U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley argued forcefully for harsher sanctions, saying, "enough is enough", and that Kim was "begging for war".

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