The United States on Wednesday circulated a new UN draft resolution to respond to the nuclear tests by North Korea retaining most of the tough punitive measures objected to by China making it unlikely for Beijing to accept the document.
The new draft, which retains most the tough measures, including invoking of Chapter seven of the Charter which makes the resolution enforceable using force, does not meet the objections raised by Beijing, diplomats said.
Though the United States is looking for a vote on Thursday, diplomats expect the negotiations to be dragged on into the next week unless one of the sides makes major concessions.
The Chinese have made it clear they would ensure that the resolution cannot be interpreted to mean that force can be used to implement it and that it imposes limited sanctions.
In this context, Beijing is insisting that the resolution specifically mention Article 41 of Chapter 7 which does not authorise the use of force.
The article says the Security Council "may decide what measures not involving the use of armed forces are to be employed to give effects to its decisions."
This may include "complete or partial interruption of economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraphic, radio and other means of communication and the severance of diplomatic relations," it says.