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    http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/10/14/nkorea.sanctions/index.html Security Council unanimously OKs N. Korea sanctions POSTED: 2:08 p.m. EDT, October 14,
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      Security Council unanimously OKs N. Korea sanctions
      POSTED: 2:08 p.m. EDT, October 14, 2006

      UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- The U.N. Security Council on
      Saturday voted unanimously to impose sanctions against
      North Korea in response to the country's claimed
      nuclear test.

      The 15-0 vote for Resolution 1718 sent a "clear and
      strong message" to North Korea, said U.S. Ambassador
      to the U.N. John Bolton.

      "We are pleased that the Security Council is united in
      condemning the actions by the regime and Pyongyang and
      taking clear, firm and punitive action in passing this
      resolution," he said.

      The passage of the resolution proves to "North Korea
      and others that the Security Council is prepared to
      meet threats to international security with swift
      resolve," Bolton added.

      The vote was scheduled soon after negotiators agreed
      on the sticking point of cargo inspections, the
      language over which China had expressed some concerns
      earlier.

      Rather than mandating stop and search operations, "the
      resolution will say to countries to inspect as
      necessary all goods going in and out of North Korea,"
      CNN's Richard Roth reported.

      The aim is to stop materials and technology that could
      be used for nuclear weapons production from going to
      or from North Korea.

      Diplomats from the five permanent council members plus
      Japan gathered in closed-door meetings Saturday
      morning to reach agreement.

      While details of the draft resolution were incomplete,
      diplomats said it could prevent materials for weapons
      programs and luxury goods from being sold to North
      Korea.

      The language is directed at North Korean leader Kim
      Jong Il, who has a long, documented record of living a
      life of luxury while his people wasted away in famine.
      On Friday Bolton said, "The North Korean population's
      been losing average height and weight over the years,
      and maybe this will be a little diet for Kim Jong Il."

      Earlier Saturday, Chinese Ambassador to the U.N. Wang
      Guangya expressed concerns about the draft's stop and
      search provisions.

      "... This interception idea, once they put it in
      operation, it could easily lead by one side or the
      other to a provocation of conflict which would have
      serious implications for the region, for the
      countries," Wang said.

      One Western diplomat described Chinese and Russian
      concerns as differences over procedural matters, not
      deal breakers. Russian and Chinese diplomats have met
      with North Korea this week and could be getting input
      from Pyongyang.

      President Bush on Saturday urged the adoption of a
      "strong" U.N. Security Council resolution, saying
      "peace and security in northeast Asia and a
      nuclear-free Korean Peninsula" are the goals. (Watch
      as Bush demands a clear message be sent to North Korea
      -- 4:08)

      "We will do what is necessary to achieve these goals.
      We will support our allies in the region. We will work
      with the United Nations, and together we will ensure
      that North Korea faces real consequences if it
      continues down its current path," Bush said in his
      weekly radio address.

      He said the United States will increase its defense
      alliances with Japan and South Korea, including
      cooperation on ballistic missile defense and the
      prevention of North Korea from importing and exporting
      nuclear or missile technologies.

      On Friday the Japanese Cabinet approved wide-ranging
      sanctions against North Korea. (Full story)

      North Korea claimed Monday it had tested a nuclear
      weapon, although the claim has not yet been verified.
      Some analysts have questioned whether the test was
      successful.

      A preliminary analysis of air samples from North Korea
      shows "radioactive debris consistent with a North
      Korea nuclear test," according to a statement sent to
      U.S. lawmakers Friday from the office of Director of
      National Intelligence John Negroponte. (Watch for the
      first evidence that Pyongyang did test a nuke -- 1:23
      Video)

      If the evidence is confirmed, the United States would
      be in a position to say the North Korean test was
      nuclear, a U.S. official told CNN Friday.

      Two U.S. government officials with access to
      classified information earlier told CNN that an
      initial air sampling showed no indication of
      radioactive debris.

      Pyongyang's claim sparked international condemnation.

      To build support for the resolution, the United States
      has agreed to some changes. They include dropping a
      ban on North Korean imports and exempting money
      intended for purchases of food and medicine from a
      freeze on North Korean assets. Language encouraging
      further diplomatic efforts also was added to the
      latest version.

      However, the U.S. proposal still calls for an arms
      embargo and a ban on materials that could be used in
      nuclear or missiles programs. The proposal also seeks
      a ban on travel by North Korean officials, an embargo
      on luxury goods and inspections of cargo imports and
      exports.

      China has expressed concern that because the proposed
      sanctions fall under Section 7 of the U.N. Charter,
      which makes them binding on all member states, they
      could lead to a blockade or even military action to
      enforce them.

      Versions of the draft resolution late Friday ruled out
      military action against North Korea, in response to
      pressure from China and Russia, the AP reported.
      Rice mission

      As the council members met in New York, word came that
      North Korea may consider resuming six-nation talks
      aimed at resolving the nuclear dispute.

      Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Alexeyev and
      North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Gye-gwan
      "discussed opportunities to resume the six-nation
      process and the settlement of the problem of a full
      denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula by peaceful
      and diplomatic means," Russia's Foreign Ministry said
      on its Web site.

      The Bush administration has insisted any negotiations
      with Pyongyang be conducted within the framework of
      six-party talks among North Korea, the United States,
      Russia, China, South Korea and Japan. The latest draft
      of the Security Council resolution calls on North
      Korea to return to those talks without precondition.

      U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to visit
      Asia next week to shore up alliances and discuss the
      North Korean crisis.

      Rice is scheduled to be in Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South
      Korea; and Beijing from Tuesday through October 22,
      State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday.

      "She's going to be talking about how to go about
      actually implementing" the expected U.N. resolution,
      McCormack said.

      CNN's Hugh Riminton, Richard Roth, Barbara Starr and
      Susie Xu contributed to this report.
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