The United States has submitted a resolution to the United Nations Security Council that calls for tougher sanctions on North Korea over its missile tests and nuclear-related activities.
The draft resolution, which has China’s blessing, calls for mandatory inspections of all cargo passing to and from North Korea, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said on Friday.
It also calls for the blacklisting of dozens of North Korean individuals and entities.
The new measures are being touted as the strongest measures of their kind in decades.
Power said the proposed sanctions go further than previous bans and “are meant to ensure that North Korea will be held accountable for its actions.”
“It is a major upgrade and there will be, provided it goes forward, pressure on more points, tougher, more comprehensive, more sectors. It’s breaking new ground in a whole host of ways.”
The US ambassador made the announcement on Thursday before heading to a closed-door meeting where the US planned to circulate the draft to the council members.
The 15-member council is expected to vote on the draft resolution over the weekend. Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Petr Iliichev has said Moscow needs time to study the draft.