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UN Security Council threatens new sanctions on N.Korea

UN Security Council threatens new sanctions on N.Korea

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned a missile launch by North Korea on Sunday, amid rising tensions between the reclusive island state and the U.S.

Asked by CBS News if she considers ballistic missile tests to be a provocation, she said the US evaluates North Korean action based on whether the country "violates Security Council resolutions, so they definitely have done that".

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". "We welcome that the Security Council was able to show unity in sending a very strong message - I think it was - that North Korea should stop nuclear tests, should stop missile firing", Bessho told reporters outside the council chamber Thursday.

Haley's comments followed President Donald Trump's recent statement that the US wants peace — and that how much North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un also wants peace will be a deciding factor in easing tensions between the two countries.

Guterres said countries "on the frontline" of the crisis - China, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Russia - must spare no effort to prevent a military buildup from 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.

The failed test last Saturday came amid a period of high tension, as USA apparently tried to pressure Pyongyang to forego its nuclear and missile programs under threat of military intervention.

"Everyone came together", U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters.

The diplomats, who agreed to discuss the statement only on condition of anonymity because consultations have been private, said China had signed off on it.

"At the end of the day we realized that North Korea is a problem", Haley said. "They shouldn't try to play it at this point".

Next week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a minister-level meeting on the North Korean issue at the UN.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions aimed at impeding the development of its nuclear and missile programs since 2006.

The paper, obtained by The Associated Press, says the North's latest actions "make clear that further global pressure is required for the DPRK to change its behavior if there is to be any hope for meaningful denuclearization talks to resume".


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