UN demands North Korea to stop nuclear tests, threatens to impose new sanctions

UN demands North Korea to stop nuclear tests, threatens to impose new sanctionsIn 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”.

This is reported by The Guardian.

The council threatened to “take further significant measures including sanctions” to address the crisis of North Korea’s missile launches.

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The agreed text made specific mention of sanctions, signalling a tougher stance from the council.

“At the end of the day we realised that North Korea is a problem,” the US ambassador, Nikki Haley said.

“No one on the council wants to see North Korea move forward with any sort of testing or strikes,” she added, saying that the agreed statement makes that “very clear”.

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The council has imposed six sets of sanctions on North Korea – two of which were adopted last year – to significantly ramp up the punitive measures and deny Kim Jong-un’s regime hard currency revenue.

While no resolution will be adopted during the 28 April session, the US and its allies are expected to turn up the pressure on China to use its leverage to rein in Pyongyang.
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