UN to vote on tighter N. Korea sanctions

US President Barack Obama reportedly told his incoming successor Donald Trump that confronting the nuclear threat from North Korea represents the top US national security priorityThe United Nations is readying tighter sanctions on North Korea that would limit its coal exports to China, in response to Pyongyang’s fifth and biggest nuclear test, US diplomats said Monday. The resolution, spearheaded by the United States and negotiated with Beijing for three months, should go to a Security Council vote early Wednesday, according to diplomats who expect it will pass. “This resolution would impose a hard, binding cap that will cut the DPRK’s coal exports, which are its largest single source of external revenues, by more than 60 percent,” said a US official familiar with the text, using the formal acronym for the North.

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