U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the U.S. will introduce a new resolution against North Korea in response to its sixth nuclear test, at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday.
The UNSC met following North Korea’s test of what it said was a hydrogen bomb capable of deployment on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Sunday.
“Due to the urgency of this situation… we want to urge the council to move very quickly on this, I think North Korea basically has slapped everyone in the face in the international community,” Haley said at the end of the meeting and during her second opportunity to speak.
“The United States will be circulating a resolution that we want to negotiate this week and vote on, on Monday,” she concluded.
Earlier in the meeting, Haley called for the “strongest possible measures” against North Korea in response to Sunday’s test having said that multilateral dialogue with the DPRK has failed to work.
Every member state who spoke at the meeting condemned the DPRK’s actions and multiple countries – including the UK, France, Japan and South Korea – also spoke in favor of a new UNSC resolution to further punish and pressure the DPRK in response.
The UK, Japan and South Korea had all previously spoken in favor of a new resolution against North Korea since it tested a ballistic missile, which flew over the territory of Japan on August 29, also in violation of existing resolutions.
While there was little indication at Monday’s meeting of what the new resolution would contain, the UK Ambassador to the UN – Matthew Rycroft – specifically condemned the use of North Korean labor overseas.
China and Russia again spoke in favor of dialogue as a means of resolving the issue of North Korea’s ongoing pursuit of nuclear weapons and called for a calming of tensions by all sides.
While neither had the opportunity to respond to Haley’s comments regarding a new resolution at the meeting, Russian Ambassador to the UN – Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya – spoke to the press afterwards and appeared to pour cold water on the proposal.
“Sanctions alone, whatever bans are introduced, will not help to solve the issue,” he said.
“China and Russia will not allow the UN to adopt the strong sanctions necessary because it would require sanctioning Chinese and Russian companies facilitating North Korea’s sanctions evasion,” Anthony Ruggiero, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told NK News.
“A UN oil restriction likely will have loopholes in it rendering it ineffective. The Trump administration should impose U.S. sanctions on countries, including our allies, that continue business with North Korea and continue its efforts to sanction Chinese and Russian firms and individuals,” he added.
Haley also issued strong words towards North Korea, saying that Kim Jong Un was “begging for war”.
“War is never something the United States wants. We don’t want it now. But our country’s patience is not unlimited,” she said, echoing messaging from the U.S. administration following Sunday.
Additional reporting by Leo Byrne
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