UN Security Council threatens DPRK with new sanctions for missile tests

Cheryl Sanders
May 17, 2017

Trump warned in an interview with Reuters this month that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible.

Admiral Harry Harris, the top U.S. commander in the Asia-Pacific, said on Tuesday continued missile launches by North Korea showed the importance of the alliance between Japan and the United States.

(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File).

Outsiders saw a significant technological jump in the weekend test, with the rocket apparently flying higher and for a longer time than any other such previous missile.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the U.S. and its worldwide partners will "tighten the screws" on the North Korean regime.

"Now is the time to put pressure on North Korea", Abe said.

North Korea's missile program is progressing faster than expected, South Korea's defense minister said on Tuesday, hours after the U.N. Security Council demanded the Kim Jong Un's regime halt all nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowed to take further measures including sanctions.

The council urged North Korea to show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action" and stressed the importance of "working to reduce tensions".

Earlier, the French ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre, said that the UNSC is looking into a possible expansion of sanctions, promising a "strong" and "swift" retaliation to North Korea's latest breach of worldwide law.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that Guterres had called on North Korea to fully comply with its worldwide obligations "and return to the path of denuclearization". Pyongyang has since threatened a sixth.

But he slammed the latest missile test as a "reckless provocation" after holding an emergency meeting with national security advisers. The missile landed about 60 miles south of Russia's Vladivostok region, but Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that the test posed no immediate threat to his country.

Pyongyang has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of past year in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

North Korea is launching new missiles at an accelerated pace as it advances its weapons programs, making it hard to identify North Korean missiles.

"The Secretary-General condemns the launch of another ballistic missile by the DPRK", Guterres's spokesman said in a statement.

The missile test came despite new South Korean President Moon Jae-in's warm overtures to North Korea and as China was holding an worldwide trade summit. The missile North Korea tested Sunday was a surface-to-surface missile. "North Korea is rapidly improving its capabilities", Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said Monday. She said the United States will continue to "tighten the screws" against Pyongyang.

Putin went on to add that while he's paying close attention to the actions of Kim Jong-Un, he doesn't necessarily want to jump into a situation where the world is forcing North Korea's hand.

Pyongyang has carried out dozens of missile tests under ruler Kim Jong-un, but the latest launch was the first since Moon took office last Wednesday.

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