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US, China could decide this week on North Korea sanctions


The United States and China are discussing next steps in response to North Korea’s missile tests and could reach a decision on new sanctions this week.

Washington’s UN envoy Nikki Haley has said yesterday that China is pushing Pyongyang through back channels to change its behavior and discussing with the United States the timing of a possible new sanctions resolution.

North Korea has carried out three missile tests in less than three weeks, defying UN warnings that it faces new sanctions.

The United States launched talks on new sanctions with China a month ago with a view to drafting a proposed resolution to present to the council, but no text has been agreed.

Haley said the council was not backpedalling but rather carefully considering the next moves. Haley has said that the United States will open a dialogue with Pyongyang if it halts its missile and nuclear tests.

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