N. Korea ex­port ban nears U.N. vote

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UNITED NA­TIONS — A pro­posed new U.N. sanc­tions res­o­lu­tion would ban North Korea from ex­port­ing coal, iron, lead and seafood worth a to­tal of about $1 bil­lion, a ma­jor cut to its ex­port earn­ings, which to­taled only $3 bil­lion last year, a Se­cu­rity Coun­cil diplo­mat said Fri­day.

The diplo­mat, who was not autho­rized to speak pub­licly, said the res­o­lu­tion would also ban coun­tries from giv­ing ad­di­tional per­mits to North Korean la­bor­ers — an­other source of money for Kim Jong Un’s regime.

The pro­posed new sanc­tions fol­low North Korea’s first suc­cess­ful tests last month of in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles ca­pa­ble of reach­ing the United States, and they are are aimed at step­ping up pres­sure on Kim to re­turn to ne­go­ti­a­tions on his coun­try’s nu­clear and bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­grams.

The United States drafted the ini­tial res­o­lu­tion and spent sev­eral weeks ne­go­ti­at­ing the text with China, North Korea’s neigh­bor and ally. A vote was set for this af­ter­noon.

AP/GIOR­GIO ONORATI

A Su­ma­tra tiger re­freshes with an ici­cle made of fruit, bam­boo reeds and yo­gurt Fri­day at a zo­o­log­i­cal gar­den in Rome, where tem­per­a­tures soared this week.

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