The United Nations nuclear agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, is expected to refer the North Korean nuclear crisis to the United Nations Security Council. The move could open the way for sanctions on North Korea which has expelled UN inspectors and withdrawn from nuclear agreements. This report from Bethany Bell:
In January the UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, gave North Korea one more chance to readmit UN inspectors and abandon its secret nuclear programme. But since then North Korea has withdrawn from the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and the IAEA's director general, Mohammed El Baradei, says he's exhausted all possibilities in his power to bring North Korea into compliance. The IAEA's board of governors is now expected to issue a toughly worded resolution that will take the stand-off with North Korea to the United Nations Security Council. That in turn could pave the way for the imposition of economic and political sanctions on Pyongyang. But there's concern that moving the issue to the Security Council could inflame the crisis. Pyongyang has said it would consider sanctions as a declaration of war.
Bethany Bell, BBC, Vienna