September 5, 2017 / 3:00 PM / 9 months ago

Russian U.N. envoy: U.S. aim for Monday vote on North Korea sanctions is premature

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Tuesday that a U.S. aim for the United Nations Security Council to vote on Monday on new sanctions on North Korea over its latest nuclear test is “a little premature.”

Russian diplomats gesture behind Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia during a Security Council meeting on North Korea at the U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S., September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Penney

“I don’t think we’ll be able to rush it so fast,” Nebenzia told reporters.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said she wanted the 15-member council to vote on Sept. 11 on a U.S.-drafted resolution to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang after it conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sunday.

Reporting by Michele Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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