The United Nations Security Council is on the verge of releasing a strongly-worded presidential statement as early as Monday, condemning North Korea's failed rocket launch and discouraging Pyeongyang from carrying out further provocations.
The statement would need approval from members of the U.N. body, including the United States and China and diplomatic sources in the U.N. said Sunday that China is likely to agree to releasing the statement right away, in a break with its own recent approach.
Meanwhile, there are conflicting opinions in the US on the effectiveness of suspending food aid to North Korea.
Immediately after the rocket launch on Friday, the White House made its position clear.
[Interview : Mark Toner, Spokesperson
US State Dept.] "We're prepared to engage constructively with North Korea but as we've said many times, we're not going to reward bad behavior."
However, some experts question whether this is going to have any effect on North Korea's belligerent behavior.
[Interview : Christopher Hill, Former US Ambassador to S. Korea] "So I think the concern expressed by some NGOs is 'Are we hurting starving children in order to punish, as you say, a very well fed leadership[Interview : Bill Richardson, Former US Ambassador to UN ] "I don't think it'll affect the leadership of Kim Jong-un. He was the designated heir. He was given more powers this weekend. But it is possible that North Korea may reassess their behavior."
It usually takes seven to ten days for the U.N. Security Council to release the results of its meeting but China's tacit agreement could speed things up.
Kim Han-ul, Arirang News.