United States formally requests United Nations vote Monday on North Korea

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A Security Council resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by permanent members Britain, the United States, France, Russia or China to pass.

United Nations diplomats said the latest USA proposals would be the toughest ever imposed on North Korea in punishment for its sixth and largest nuclear bomb test on September 3.

The United States on September 8 formally requested a vote of the United Nations Security Council on a USA resolution to impose severe new economic sanctions on North Korea over its latest nuclear test, despite resistance from China and Russian Federation.

"Work is now going on over a new resolution in the Security Council and it is still early to make predictions about its final form", Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow after talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

US officials have said they want tough sanctions to maximize pressure on Pyongyang to agree to negotiations aimed at ending its nuclear and missile tests.

AFP reports that Washington's draft resolution includes an oil and gas embargo, an asset freeze on the Kim family, an import ban on North Korean textiles, and bans countries from giving any additional permits to North Korean workers. "Oil sanctions are the most effective sanctions, so I'd like to strongly ask for this", he said on Saturday on Nippon Television.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said more sanctions wouldn't work, while China is wary about cutting off Mr Kim's economic lifeline to the point it risks collapsing his regime.

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Tension on the Korean peninsula has escalated as the North has stepped up the development of weapons, testing a string of missiles this year, including one flying over Japan, and conducting its sixth nuclear test on Sunday.

"We can say we have suspended trade relations with North Korea", Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano told reporters after a meeting with the United States ambassador on cooperation on an anti-drugs program.

As for the North Koreans, their official news agency Friday said the country's "nuclear weaponization. has reached its final phase".

North Korea already warned Friday the USA will "pay dearly" after its United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said the regime was "begging for war".

Penn State's DeThomas agreed with unity of the Security Council being an important compotent, but noted that "a very watered down approach" would likely not be accepted by the US administration.

The U.S. demand for the Security Council to take swift action was viewed as a clear gauge of how seriously the Trump administration views the situation in North Korea.

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