US to present new North Korea sanctions to UN

  • 25/02/2016
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (AAP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (AAP)

The United States will submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council to expand sanctions against North Korea over its latest nuclear test, a US spokesman says.

"Ambassador (Samantha) Power intends to submit for consideration by the Security Council a draft sanctions resolution in response to (North Korea's) recent nuclear test and subsequent proscribed ballistic missile launch," spokesman Kurtis Cooper said in a statement.

"We look forward to working with the council on a strong and comprehensive response to the DPRK's (North Korea's) latest series of tests aimed at advancing their nuclear weapons program," he said.

On Wednesday council diplomats said the US and China had agreed on a draft resolution and hoped to put it to a vote in the 15-member council in the coming days.