The US has called for a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting to vote on a draft resolution to impose additional sanctions on North Korea. The vote in response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test is intended for September 11, the US mission to the UN announced on Friday night.
At an emergency Security Council meeting last week, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced that her delegation was circulating the draft resolution.
North Korea on September 3 detonated a hydrogen bomb that can be carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Pyongyang’s nuclear testing and launches using ballistic missile technology violated UNSC resolutions.
Meanwhile, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday said his country will support new measures against North Korea following the latest nuclear test by the Kim Jong-un regime.
Given the situation on the Korean peninsula, the UN Security Council should seek a “further response” and adopt new measures, Yi said at a press conference on Thursday after a meeting with Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, although he added that sanctions were only part of the solution, Efe news reported.
New measures by the international community should be aimed at “harming the nuclear and missile program of the government of North Korea while helping restart dialogue and negotiation,” Wang said.
Wang’s remarks came after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s telephone conversation with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, on Wednesday night, in which the Chinese leader called for a peaceful solution to the conflict.
After the latest nuclear test by North Korea at the weekend, the US and its allies called for tougher sanctions against the North Korean regime.
After the test, Trump said he was considering suspending trade with any country that did business with Pyongyang and hinted that he did not rule out an attack on North Korea.
Following the conversation with Xi, the US leader said that a military response was not his first option.