Haley thanks Chinese for cooperation as United Nations agrees North Korea sanctions

Claudine Rigal
Août 7, 2017

The United Nations Security Council has agreed on fresh sanctions against North Korea over its missile programme.

The draft resolution would ban North Korea's exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the vote showed the Security Council came together to put North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "on notice" by "matching its words with actions".

Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, claiming it now had the ability to hit the US. If they have nuclear weapons that can threaten the United States.

Trump's willingness to go to war with North Korea was mentioned by Sen. "He will continue working with allies and partners to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to end its threatening and destabilizing behavior".

The resolution notes that the council will take "further significant measures" if North Korea conducts another nuclear test or ballistic missile launch in the wake of the measure's adoption. It has often protected Pyongyang from harmful resolutions in the past.

In an interview aired Saturday on MSNBC, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president has been clear he will not tolerate North Korea's threats to attack the United States with nuclear weapons. Wang also urged the United States and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations.

She also praised China's stance.

A council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was "high confidence" that North Korea's allies China and Russian Federation would support the draft resolution, which was circulated to the 15 Security Council members on Friday, Reuters reported.

He welcomed USA statements that it was not seeking regime change or prioritising the reunification of Korea.

As global pressure mounted on North Korea after the UNSC imposed new sanctions, China on Sunday called on Pyongyang to halt its missile and nuclear tests and stop provoking "the worldwide community's goodwill". "The country bears full responsibility for the measures enacted here today".

"It does not have to be this way".

Haley pushed back on the notion that the Trump administration has presented inconsistent messaging about dealing with North Korea.

But South Korea says it may hold direct talks with the North during a regional meeting this weekend.

Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are meeting in Manila in the Philippines.

The new sanctions come as the US tries to negotiate the release of three Americans being held captive in North Korea.

"I would like to deliver our desire for the North to stop its provocations and positively respond to our recent special offers [for talks] aimed at establishing a peace regime".

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