N. Korea export ban nears U.N. vote
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.
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.