The U.N. Security Council is holding its second emergency meeting in a week about North Korea on Monday after a powerful nuclear test explosion added another layer of urgency for diplomats wrestling with what to do about the North’s persistent weapons programs.
Scheduled after North Korea said it detonated a hydrogen bomb underground Sunday, the emergency session comes six days after the council strongly condemned Pyongyang’s “outrageous” launch of a ballistic missile over Japan. Less than a month ago, the council imposed its stiffest sanctions so far on the reclusive nation.
North Korea is “deliberately undermining regional peace and stability,” the council said Tuesday when it rebuked the missile test, reiterating demands for the country to halt its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.
The North trumpeted “perfect success” Sunday in its sixth nuclear test blast since 2006.
Requested by the United States, Japan, France, Britain and South Korea, the Security Council meeting Monday could bring additional condemnation and discussion of other potential steps. British Prime Minister Theresa May called in a statement Sunday for speeding the implementation of existing sanctions and “looking urgently” at new measures in the council.
The group aimed to take a big bite out of the North Korean economy earlier this month by banning the North from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood products. Together, those are worth about a third of the country’s $3 billion in exports last year.
The council could look to sanction other profitable North Korean exports, such as textiles. Another possibility could be tighter limits on North Korean laborers abroad; the recent sanctions barred giving any new permits for such workers. The U.S. also suggested some other ideas earlier this summer, including air and maritime restrictions and restricting oil to North Korea’s military and weapons programs.
However, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the council Tuesday that “addressing the issues plaguing the (Korean) Peninsula through sanction pressure alone is impossible” because “that path does not propose any options for engaging (North Korea) in constructive negotiations.”
Russia and China have both proposed a two-pronged approach: North Korea would suspend its nuclear and missile development, and the U.S. and South Korea would suspend their joint military exercises, which they say are defensive but Pyongyang views as a rehearsal for invasion. The North recently requested a Security Council meeting about the war games.
Washington says there is no comparison between its openly conducted, internationally monitored military drills and North Korea’s weapons programs, which the international community has banned.
Neither North Korea nor South Korea is a Security Council member.
Woman Set Little Girl On Fire After Pouring Kerosene On Her (Photos below)
UNBELIEVABLE: Gunmen Suspected To Be IPOB Member Allegedly Kill 2 Police Officers, Burn Police Station (Details below)
Sunday Igboho Is Going Mad Already— Media User Blast Sunday Igboho After What He Said (Details below)
Buhari Is Not Ruling Nigeria, Ex-President Jonathan Declares, Reveals People in Charge (Details below)
EXPOSED: Buhari’s Instructions To The Military In The South- East Will Shock You (Details below)
Baba Ijesa Finially Speaks For The First Time From Detention, This is What He Said (Details below)
JUST IN: Nnamdi Kanu Releases Another Photo Evidence Of New Buhari (Photos below)
BREAKING: Buhari to jet out of Nigeria on Sunday
- Crime1 day ago
Finally The Unknown Gunmen And Their Nurse In Rivers State Are Killed By The Rivers State Police Command In Oyigbo (Details below)
- News1 day ago
We are no longer part of Nigeria, We won’t have anything to do with them again – Sunday Igboho claims After South-west governors Support (Details below)
- Lifestyle1 day ago
Police Arrest Truck Transporting Over 150 Hausa Men, Children To South- East (Details below)
- News2 days ago
Businessman Storms His Father’s Burial With A Lion In Anambra State (Video below)