United Nations condemns North Korea missile launch after Russia, US spar over words

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

It also expresses the council's "utmost concern" about North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance" of council resolutions. "So yes, we are evaluating all of those options", Tillerson told reporters at the State Department.

In a unanimous statement, the council demanded that North Korea "conduct no further nuclear tests", saying Pyongyang's "illegal missile activities" were "greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond".

The U.N. Security Council threatened new sanctions against North Korea Thursday in a strongly-worded condemnation of its latest missile launch after the USA agreed to a Russian request to include a call for "dialogue" with Pyongyang.

Russian Federation wanted to include language contained in a previous statement stressing the need to achieve a solution through dialogue, according to council diplomats.

Diplomats said Pyongyang ally China had agreed to the statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump praised Chinese efforts to rein in "the menace of North Korea" on Thursday, after North Korean state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty preemptive strike".

US Ambassador Nikki Haley separately stressed that the onus was on North Korea to prevent an escalation. "They shouldn't try to play it at this point". A US carrier strike group is (finally) on the way to the Korean Peninsula after Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that all options were on the table in regards to North Korea (but not peace negotiations), including shooting down future test missiles.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions aimed at impeding the development of its nuclear and missile programs since 2006. Trump, who took office in January, has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile.

Council diplomats, speaking anonymously because discussions were private, said the USA, which is in charge of drafting council statements and resolutions on North Korea, had dropped the call for "dialogue" as part of its effort to toughen the text.

The Trump administration is focusing its North Korea strategy on tougher sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, a global ban on its airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, Reuters reported last week, citing US officials.

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