Sanctions against North Korea getting tougher

United States, China, Japan and South Korea are working together to bring in a new set of sanctions on North Korea.

Standing beside Japanese and South Korean representatives, the US Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley has told media that US and its allies will continue demanding to implement further measures to isolate North Korea, in a special meeting with the UN Security Council aiming to completely stop North Korean efforts to develop nuclear weapons, media reported today (May 17).

Haley addressed the media before attending a closed meeting with the UN Security Council called by the US and Council member Japan to discuss the recent developments in North Korean nuclear power. Reports stated that South Korea also attended the meeting.

The South China Morning Post quotes Ambassador Haley stating that the US and its allies are looking in to other countries supporting North Korea and considering possibilities of putting sanctions on those countries as well because, as Haley said “if you are supporting North Korea you are against the rest of the international community.”

On May 14, 2017 North Korea launched its seventh ballistic missile test hours before the inauguration of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, the biggest event in the Chinese diplomatic calendar.

The US Security Council press statement on May 15 explains that by launching a ballistic missile North Korea violates United Nations Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2270 (2016) and 2321 (2016).

The US Security Council states further in the statement “The members of the Security Council further regretted that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is diverting resources to the pursuit of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons while Democratic People’s Republic of Korea citizens have great unmet needs.”

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