US to require special validation for those going to North Korea

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"So, the body decided that instead of a few not having a bilateral, a message will be delivered to the North Koreans", he said.

UNITED NATIONS-The UN Security Council will vote Saturday (Sunday in Manila) on a United States-drafted resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea, diplomats said Friday, a proposed ban on certain exports that could deprive Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue.

"What we would expect to see this year at the meeting would be a general chorus of condemnation of North Korea's provocative behaviour", Ms Susan Thornton, the acting US assistant secretary of state, told reporters in Washington.

The United States has put heavy pressure on China, which accounts for 90 percent of trade with North Korea, to enforce the sanctions.

The draft text would also prevent North Korea from increasing the number of workers it sends abroad, prohibit all new joint ventures and ban new investment in the current joint companies. The binding resolution calls for a ban on the North's exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood.

On Wednesday, the U.S. slapped separate sanctions against the North. The North, which is already under numerous sanctions for its five nuclear tests, fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

Aside from the threat of incarceration, North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threat is perhaps Trump's most serious security challenge. Russia seems to have approved the proposal, a South Korean diplomatic source said.

It also emphasized the U.S. supports Seoul's leading role in paving the foundation of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The report said the ban reflects Washington's view of Pyongyang as an enemy and reiterated that President Donald Trump's administration should abandon its hostile policies towards the North.

China and Russia have meanwhile insisted that sanctions alone will not change Pyongyang's behavior and that talks are needed to address the crisis.

Both China and Russia, which border North Korea, do not want the deepening of humanitarian crises in the communist neighbor.