UN sanctions against North Korea after missile launch
The United States has called on the UN Security Council for stricter international sanctions against North Korea. The occasion was the recent launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15. This missile is large enough to reach the US, for example. The last time North Korea fired such a missile was in 2017.
U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield pointed the Security Council to a 2017 resolution.
It states that member states are obliged to “update and strengthen the sanctions regime” if North Korea fires an intercontinental ballistic missile.
“That’s exactly what happened,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “So now it’s time to take action.”
US wants stricter UN sanctions against North Korea after missile launch
The ambassador gave no details on the U.S. proposal to strengthen U.N. sanctions. However, she said that the goal should be to cut off funding for Pyongyang’s banned weapons programs.
Nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches by North Korea were long ago banned by the Security Council.
China and Russia, as allies of North Korea, are likely to oppose tightened UN sanctions. Those countries have been pushing for some time for relaxation of UN sanctions to improve the humanitarian situation in North Korea.
They also want to encourage Pyongyang to negotiate denuclearization with, among others, the US and countries in the region.
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