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UN Security Council to vote on new North Korea sanctions

North Korea

The UN Security Council is meeting on Friday to vote on whether to impose new sanctions on North Korea.

That includes sharply cutting limits on its imports of refined oil, forcing all North Koreans working overseas to return home within 12 months, and cracking down on the country's shipping.

The draft resolution circulated to all 15 council members on Thursday would not go as far as the toughest-ever sanctions that have been sought by the Trump administration,

Those would include such as prohibiting all oil imports and freezing international assets of North Korea's government and its leader, Kim Jong Un.

The resolution would cap North Korea's crude oil imports at four million barrels a year and limit its imports of refined oil products, including diesel and kerosene, to 500,000 barrels a year.

That would be a nearly 90% cut in imported fuels that are key to North Korea's economy.

The draft, obtained by The Associated Press, would prohibit the export of food products, machinery, electrical equipment, earth and stones, wood and vessels from North Korea.

It would also ban all countries from exporting industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to the country.

The proposed sanctions are the Security Council's response to North Korea's test on November 29 of its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile yet.

The United States drafted the resolution and reportedly negotiated it with China before circulating the final text to the rest of the council.

The US Mission said then that a cutoff on new work permits would eventually cost North Korea about 500 million dollars (£370m) a year once current work permits expire.

The United States estimated about 93,000 North Koreans are working abroad.

The resolution which will be voted on by the council on Friday would ban North Koreans from working abroad.

It expresses concern that the foreign earnings from these workers are being used to support the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The resolution would require all countries to send North Korean workers and safety monitors home within 12 months.

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