The United States is pushing for passage of a resolution by the U.N Security Council that would censure North Korea for its recent firing of a long-range rocket into space in what was widely seen as a test of prohibited ballistic missile capabilities, Reuters reported.
The resolution represents a compromise between China, which is understood to oppose new sanctions against its longtime ally, and the United States, informed diplomats told Reuters.
"We hope to have a vote midweek," one anonymous envoy said.
Beijing on Monday said the Security Council's response to the December space launch must not be too strong or else risk further instability in Northeast Asia.
Russia is anticipated to back the resolution.
"I expect we will support it. I don't expect that the U.N. Security Council members will have any serious problems" with it, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin was quoted as saying last week by RIA Novosti.
The North's space launch demonstrated for the first time a capability to send ballistic missiles across continents even though Pyongyang's missile program has been under strong international sanctions for a number of years.
South Korean analysts concluded in a new report that the North was able to domestically manufacture most of the critical components for its space rocket, purchasing the remaining materials abroad without breaching the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Yonhap News Agency reported on Monday.
Roughly 10 parts -- such as an energy converter and an electric sensor -- were purchased from five nations including China, according to the South Korean analysis.