The UN Security Council met on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions against North Korea after firing its latest ballistic missile.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States worked with China, Pyongyang’s main ally, in a new sanctions resolution and warned that all countries should step up action against North Korea or against their own measurements.
“We all have to send a panel to North Korea, and it’s” No more. This is not the time to play. It’s serious. These threats are not welcome, “Haley told reporters ahead of the meeting. “If you are a country that provides support from North Korea, we will call you,” Haley said.
“We’ll make sure everyone knows who you are and we’re going to target the sanctions for you as well.”
Despite pressure for a tougher line, Haley expressed the prospect of direct talks with North Korea, saying “we are ready to speak, but not until we see a complete shutdown of the nuclear process and any evidence.”
North Korea on Sunday launched what appeared to be a longer range ballistic missile, saying it was capable of carrying a “heavy nuclear warhead” in a test designed to carry the American continent in hand.
The United States, Japan and South Korea opened the emergency session of pressing international demands that North Korea changed course and dismantled its missile and nuclear programs.
No draft resolution was distributed to the entire Council, but Haley said the United States was working with China in a text.
“This is what we are working on now. We have not done it yet,” Haley said.
“Of course, sanctions are something that we see and we will continue to see where it leads us.”
During the closed-door meeting, however, China made no mention of a new sanctions resolution and renewed its call for talks to break the tension on the Korean peninsula, diplomats said.