U.S., China to tighten screws

AFP-JIJI

The United States and China on Thursday were set to tighten the U.N. sanctions screws on North Korea after its nuclear bomb test last month.

After weeks of closed-door talks, the U.N. Security Council was scheduled to vote later in the day on a resolution proposed by the two key powers that targets North Korean diplomats, finances and access to luxury goods, and blacklists its accused weapons dealers.

The resolution appeared certain to be approved by a unanimous vote by the 15-member Security Council. “(But) the response by the worryingly unpredictable North Korean government is anyone’s guess,” said a diplomat on the council.