John Bolton — the United States ambassador to the United Nations — arrives at the Security Council in New York. The UN Security Council has begun an emergency session to discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapon test and the nomination of South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon as the new UN secretary general.
The United States proposed stringent U.N. sanctions Monday against North Korea, including a trade ban on military and luxury items, the power to inspect all cargo entering or leaving the country, and freezing assets connected with its weapons programs.
Security council members earlier condemned North Korea for its reported nuclear test, demanding at an emergency meeting that the communist nation return to six-party talks on its weapons program, U.N. ambassadors said.
The U.S. proposals were among several ideas for a Security Council resolution that the United States shared with council diplomats after North Korea reported it conducted a nuclear test. A copy of the document was obtained by The Associated Press.
The document says that the United States wants the resolution to fall under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which deals explicitly with threats to international peace and security, as well as acts of aggression. Chapter 7 grants the council the authority to impose a range of measures that include breaking diplomatic ties and imposing economic and military sanctions to taking military action.
The NUTS of the UNSC sanctions:
â€¢ Prohibit trade in materials that could be used to make or deliver weapons of mass destruction.
â€¢ Require states make sure that North Korea not use their territory or entities for proliferation or illicit activities. Financial transactions that North Korea could use to support those programs would also be banned.
â€¢ States would have to freeze all assets related to North Korea’s weapons and missile programs, as well as any other illicit activities it conducts.
â€¢ Authorize inspection of all cargo to and from North Korea to limit proliferation.
â€¢ Ban trade with North Korea in luxury goods and military items
Squeeze Kim Jong-Il until he PRUNES UP.
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