UN Security Council members are due to meet informally today for a second round of negotiations on a proposal by Russia and China to lift sanctions on North Korea.

China and Russia are convening negotiations one day before the deadline set by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the USA to show flexibility in stalled talks over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

The USA, France and Britain said now is not the time to consider lifting sanctions. A top White House official said that Washington would be very disappointed if North Korea tested a long-range or nuclear missile.

Pyongyang has been under UN sanctions since 2006. Russia and China proposed a draft UN Security Council resolution earlier this month.

The proposal would help lift sanctions which were imposed in 2016 and 2017 to cut off reported funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, but did not work, as North Korea continued its development of their military programs.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.

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