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The Security Council was scheduled to vote at 3 p.m. (1900 GMT) Saturday on the new raft of sanctions, diplomats confirmed.

If passed, the resolution would be the seventh round of sanctions imposed on the regime.

Bilateral relations between Washington and Moscow have been strained in recent months over disagreement on the appropriate response to North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, as well as by allegations that the Kremlin interfered in last year's U.S. Presidential election.

Meanwhile, China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi on Monday said that China did not hold "primary responsibility" for resolving the North Korean nuclear and missile issue.

"South Korea will continue its efforts to get North Korea to stop provocations and bring them out to the path of talks for denuclearization while responding sternly to North Korea provocations", it added.

"Sanctions... will not solve the problem but political dialogue will, which encourages all the participants primarily North Korea and the U.S.to engage...", Vassily Nebenzia said in comments to press in New York.

On Wednesday, the U.S. slapped separate sanctions against the North. The North, which is already under numerous sanctions for its five nuclear tests, fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

Through the planned ban, the North is expected to lose $400 million in its annual export revenue, the Voice of America (VOA) quoted a U.N. diplomat as saying.

The report said the ban reflects Washington's view of Pyongyang as an enemy and reiterated that President Donald Trump's administration should abandon its hostile policies towards the North.

The draft resolution however does not provide for cuts to oil deliveries to North Korea - a move that would have dealt a serious blow to the economy.

Republican US Representative Joe Wilson, who introduced the bill to ban Americans from travelling to North Korea this year, has said hundreds of Americans are among the roughly 4,000 to 5,000 Western tourists who visit the North each year.

Russia, which like China is a veto-wielding council member, had warned that it would not support sanctions that would worsen North Korea's humanitarian crisis.

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