In Summary

  • The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on North Korea after it fired its latest ballistic missile.
  • US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States was working with China, Pyongyang's main ally, on a new sanctions resolution and warned that all countries must step up action against North Korea or face measures themselves.
  • Countries that fail to enforce sanctions will expose themselves to possible punitive measures, she warned.

UNITED NATIONS

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on North Korea after it fired its latest ballistic missile.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States was working with China, Pyongyang's main ally, on a new sanctions resolution and warned that all countries must step up action against North Korea or face measures themselves.

"We all have to send a sign to North Korea, and that is 'No more. This is not play time. This is serious. These threats are not welcome,'" Haley told reporters ahead of the council meeting.

Countries that fail to enforce sanctions will expose themselves to possible punitive measures, she warned.

"If you are a country that is supplying or supporting North Korea, we will call you out on it," Haley said.

 

SANCTIONS

"We will make sure that everyone knows who you are and we will target those sanctions towards you as well."

Despite the push for a tougher stance, Haley held out the prospect of direct talks with North Korea, saying "we are willing to talk but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any test there."

North Korea launched Sunday what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet, saying it was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead" in a test aimed at bringing the US mainland within reach.

The United States, Japan and South Korea called the emergency meeting to press international demands that North Korea change course and dismantle its missile and nuclear programs.

No draft resolution has been circulated to the full council, but the United States is in talks with China on a new text that would provide for new sanctions.

 

PYONGYANG

"That's what we are working on now. We don't have it done yet," Haley said.

"Absolutely, sanctions (are) something that we are looking at and we are going to continue to see where that takes us."

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