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CNN (USA), REUTERS, AFP, UN PRESS OFFICE

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NEW YORK - The United States and China have struck a tentative deal on a draft UN Security Council sanctions resolution to punish North Korea for the nuclear test it conducted last month.

A deal, the details of which have not been revealed so far, was agreed on late Monday after "tough talks" between the two countries, a UN envoy is quoted as saying by the AFP. It is still unclear whether diplomats will receive a draft resolution at Tuesday’s council session in New York.

"I hope to see a draft tomorrow perhaps, but you know it's up to the Americans," a UN diplomat told Reuters late Monday, while another told AFP: "There won't be a vote on Tuesday, but it could come soon. This is a sign that a draft resolution is about to be handed out."

The UN press office announced that Russia, which holds the presidency of the 15-nation Security Council this month, would conduct closed-door consultations on North Korea in New York on Tuesday morning.

In February, North Korea conducted its third and most powerful nuclear test at a northeastern underground test site, prompting widespread international condemnation, as well as a promise of tough action at the United Nations, CNN recalls.

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In just one weekend, protests spread across China. A fire in an apartment block in Urumqi in China’s western Xinjiang region killed 10, with many blaming lockdown rules for the deaths. Anti-lockdown demonstrations spread to Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Chengdu and other cities. University students from more than half of China's provinces organized various protests against COVID restrictions.

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At the core, protesters are unhappy with President Xi Jinping's three-year-long Zero-COVID strategy that has meant mass testing, harsh lockdowns, and digital tracking. Yet, the general belief about the Chinese people was that they lacked the awareness and experience for mass political action. Even though discontent had been growing about the Zero-COVID strategy, no one expected these protests.

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