UNSC to vote on resolution on DPRK's nuke test
Updated: 2006-10-14 08:33 UNITED NATIONS- The UN Security Council is set to vote
Saturday on a resolution sponsored by the United States and other nations, said
its president here Friday.
"The relevant provision is going to say
measures will be taken in accordance with national legislation and measures
consistent with international law," Council President for October Japanese UN
Ambassador Kenzo Oshima said, adding that the resolution would be put to vote
fairly early Saturday morning.
Council members and experts have held intensive
consultations over the past few days on the resolution, which has been amended
several times. The five permanent members have been meeting together with Japan.
Oshima noted that although all members strongly
condemned DPRK's nuclear test in consultations, a major focus was whether to
invoke Chapter 7 of the UN Charter that allows for sanctions and the use of
force in the case of a threat to or breach of peace.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan stressed the
urgent need for the DPRK to return to the six-party talks that have been seeking
to resolve the issue of its nuclear program.