US leads sanctions push after NKorea ‘escalation’

MNA International Desk: The United States pushed for tougher sanctions on North Korea at the UN Security Council on Wednesday, warning the isolated regime’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had drastically narrowed the path for diplomacy, reported news agency.

In a hard-hitting address, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday’s ICBM test had made ‘the world a more dangerous place,’ and re-iterated that Washington was ready to use force if need be to deal with the threat of a nuclear-armed Pyongyang.

Tuesday’s launch—styled by leader Kim Jong-Un as a gift to ‘American bastards’—marked a milestone in Pyongyang’s decades-long drive for the capability to threaten the US mainland with a nuclear strike, and poses a stark foreign policy challenge for Donald Trump.

The US president had dismissed the idea of the North possessing a working ICBM, vowing it ‘won’t happen’, but experts said the missile could reach Alaska or even further towards the continental US.

At the UN, Haley called the launch ‘a clear and sharp military escalation’, and US and South Korean forces fired off missiles Wednesday into the Sea of Japan simulating a precision strike against North Korea’s leadership.

Washington had ‘considerable military forces’, Haley said. ‘We will use them if we must.’

But the US focus, she told the council, was to push through tighter sanctions, and it would submit a new draft resolution within days.

In all, six sets of sanctions have been imposed on North Korea since it first tested an atomic device in 2006, but have failed to prevent its military advances.

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