Is the UN about to spoil North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's party? Photo: KCNA via Reuters

Ongoing negotiations between Washington and China on a draft resolution for new sanctions on North Korea may be bearing fruit, reports Reuters, citing China’s UN Ambassador, Liu Jieyi.

“We have been working very hard for some time and we certainly hope that this is going to be a consensus resolution,” Liu told Reuters on Thursday.

But Russia’s UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, cautioned that an agreement between Beijing and Washington did not assure Moscow would be on board.

“Even if there is an agreement between the U.S. and China, it doesn’t mean there is an agreement between the P5 members,” Nebenzia said, having discussed a possible resolution when he met with Liu earlier on Thursday.

“Maybe there is a bilateral agreement (between Beijing and Washington), but that’s not a universal one,” he said, adding that he has yet to see “the draft as it stands now.”

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