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Proposed sanctions on DPRK to be studied

KEY nations have sent the draft of a United Nations resolution with proposed new sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to their governments, but diplomats have stressed that the text is not final and is still being negotiated.

The proposals for new UN sanctions against DPRK for conducting a second nuclear test in defiance of the Security Council are being discussed by the five veto-wielding Security Council nations - China, the United States, Russia, Britain and France - and Japan and South Korea.

They have been holding closed-door meetings since May 26, a day after DPRK's underground atomic blast, and after lengthy negotiations that dragged into the evening on Thursday, the seven countries decided to send a draft of the resolution to their capitals for comment.

"It's completely unfounded that concerned countries have reached agreement," Japan's UN Ambassador Yukio Takasu said.

Ambassadors from the seven countries were expected to meet and discuss their governments' reactions, probably tomorrow, diplomats said.

The draft calls on UN members to immediately comply with sanctions imposed in 2006 after DPRK's first nuclear test, which include an arms embargo on heavy weapons, ship searches for illegal weapons, and a ban on luxury goods.

The draft would expand the arms embargo to include the export of all weapons and weapons-related material and spell out how and when ship searches could take place.

It would authorize ship searches on the high seas for suspected arms and banned weapons if the country whose flag the vessel is flying gives consent. If the country doesn't give its consent, the draft says it shall "direct the vessel to proceed to an appropriate and convenient port for the required inspection by the local authorities."

The latest draft would also impose new restrictions on DPRK's trade and financial dealings with the outside world.

It calls on the 192 UN member states to prevent financial institutions or individuals in their countries from providing financial services, funds or resources that could contribute to DPRK's nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related, or other weapons of mass destruction-related programs or activities.


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