United States calls for United Nations vote Monday on increased North Korea sanctions

"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.

United Nations diplomats did not rule out the possibility that China or Russian Federation could veto the measure, but stressed that the USA administration had launched a major push to win approval.

The United States pushed the UN to consider some of the strictest sanctions aimed at North Korea.

UN Security Council members are now reviewing a draft of the resolution prepared by the USA that would ban crude oil exports to North Korea, freeze the overseas assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and authorize the interdiction and inspection of North Korean vessels in global waters.

Given the situation on the Korean peninsula, the UN Security Council should seek a "further response" and adopt new measures, Yi said at a press conference on Thursday after a meeting with Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, although he added that sanctions were only part of the solution, Efe news reported.

North Korea on September 3 detonated a hydrogen bomb that can be carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

"Along with pressure on the North Korean regime to induce it to abandon provocations in the implementation of its nuclear and missile programs, it is necessary to emphasize and increase the priority of efforts to resume the political process", Lavrov said.

The US has circulated a draft resolution that would, aside from barring crude oil shipments to North Korea, ban the nation's exports of textiles and prohibit employment of its guest workers by other countries, according to a diplomat at the world body.

The United States wants tough sanctions to be imposed to maximise pressure on Pyongyang to come to the table and negotiate an end to its nuclear and missile tests.

North Korea already warned Friday the U.S. will "pay dearly" after its United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said the regime was "begging for war". "War is never something the Unites States wants - we don't want it now".

The move is said to be unlike previous US efforts, in which the USA has spent weeks, and sometimes months, carefully crafting language with China before presenting the resolution to the rest of the Security Council for a vote. One of these strategies would be to propose North Korea to put an end to their nuclear program as long as the US and South Korea end their shared military exercises as well.

Mexico has given North Korea's ambassador 72 hours to leave the country, though Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray later said it had not broken off diplomatic ties.

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