Although an ally of North Korea, China is reported to have reached an agreement with USA to impose new sanctions on North Korea for its latest nuclear test, as Pyongyang threatened to disregard the armistice that ended its 1950 to 1953 war with South Korea.
The United Nations Security Council holds closed-door consultations on North Korea Tuesday and diplomats told reporters they hope for a vote on the proposed resolution by the end of the week. Details of the draft measure were not immediately available.
It may be added that the UN Security Council has already condemned unanimously the February 12 nuclear test and has termed it as a "grave violation" of existing U.N. sanctions on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
Meanwhile, North Korea stepped up its rhetoric Tuesday, threatening to scrap the armistice signed in 1953 if Seoul goes ahead with plans to conduct annual war exercises with the United States. The Korean People's Army Supreme Command warned of "surgical strikes" meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula.