U.N. to vote in 'coming days' on North Korea sanctions -U.S. official
North Korea fired three missiles on Wednesday, including one thought to be its largest intercontinental ballistic missile, after U. The United States began a push at the end of March on sanctions and then last month circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member body. The draft would "further restrict North Korea's ability to advance its unlawful WMD (weapons of mass destruction) and ballistic missile programs, it would streamline sanctions implementation and further facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need," the U. The draft text, seen by Reuters, includes extending a ban on ballistic missile launches to apply to cruise missiles or "any other delivery system capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
The council last tightened sanctions on Pyongyang in 2017, but since then Beijing and Moscow have pushed for an easing of the measures on humanitarian grounds. Kim is known as a chain smoker - frequently seen with a cigarette in hand in photographs in state media - and the draft resolution would ban exports to North Korea of tobacco and manufactured tobacco. The draft proposes cutting crude oil exports to North Korea by 1 million barrels to 3 million barrels annually and reducing refined petroleum exports by 125,000 barrels to 375,000 barrels. The draft resolution would impose an asset freeze on Lazarus hacking group, which the United States says is controlled by the Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea's primary intelligence agency.
Lazarus has been accused of involvement in the "WannaCry" ransomware attacks, hacking of international banks and customer accounts, and the 2014 cyberattacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Eric Beech and Grant McCool)
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