Palestinians to seek full UN membership Sept. 23

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The top Palestinian diplomat says the Palestinians will submit a bid for full membership at the U.N. Security Council on Sept.. 23.

Riad al-Malki's told reporters on Thursday in the West Bank capital of Ramallah that the bid would be submitted next Friday.

His remarks appear to end the speculation over whether the Palestinians would risk a threatened U.S. veto of their statehood bid.

The other option was to seek a lesser status as a non-member observer from the U.N. General Assembly, where the United States does not wield veto power.