US calls for Monday vote to impose toughest-ever sanctions on NKorea

A man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. The signs read "Need sanctions on North Korea."(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

United Nations: The United States has called for a vote on Monday on a U.N. resolution that would impose the toughest-ever sanctions on North Korea and could lead to a showdown with the country’s biggest trading partner China and its neighbour Russia.

The Trump administration dropped the one-on-one U.S. negotiations with China to hammer out a resolution that took weeks and was a hallmark of all previous sanctions measures. For this resolution, a totally American draft was circulated on Tuesday with a vote set six days later.

Several diplomats say the U.S. demand for a speedy council vote is aimed at putting maximum pressure on China.

Professor Joseph DeThomas of Pennsylvania State University tells The Associated Press the U.S. demand is “an indicator of how the administration thinks time has run out.”