US, China agree on N. Korea sanctions deal
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The United States (US) and China have made a deal under which the United Nation (UN) Security Council will expand existing sanctions against North Korea for staging a ballistic missile test, envoys said on Friday.
The deal has been struck after weeks of intense negotiations following the Dec 12 launch which have involved United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, according to envoys.
China is studying a proposed Security Council resolution which is expected to be quickly sent to all 15 members and could be passed next week, diplomats said.
The US has sought a Security Council resolution with tough new sanctions against the nuclear-armed North for the rocket launch.