U.S. is trying to tighten sanctions after North Korea’s largest missile launch

UN Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield said Friday that the United States would propose a resolution to “renew and strengthen” UN sanctions in response to North Korea’s “increasingly dangerous provocation.”

North Korea confirmed on Thursday that it had shot Mars 17, the largest intercontinental ballistic missile, as Prime Minister Kim Jong-un ordered asylum-seekers to prepare for a “long-term confrontation” with the United States.

Speech at a UN Security Council briefing, Thomas Greenfield Said The launch poses a threat to the entire international community and guarantees an “immediate response” from the council.

“It’s clear that keeping silence is a failed strategy, hoping that North Korea will show restraint as well. We need to pivot to succeed,” she said. Said using the acronym of.

Thomas-Greenfield said Washington would propose a resolution to strengthen Security Council sanctions on North Korea, but she did not specify what the new sanctions would be.

“The sanctions system has undoubtedly restricted the progress of North Korea’s illegal weapons, so it’s not time to end our sanctions, it’s time to enforce them,” she added. ..

North Korea has been subject to UN sanctions since 2006, and the UN Security Council has been steadily strengthening over the years to block funding for North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. ..

However, China and Russia are calling for relaxation of UN sanctions to improve North Korea’s humanitarian situation and encourage North Korea to resume denuclearization negotiations.

Russia’s Deputy Ambassador Anna Evstigniva told the Council that further sanctions would only harm North Korean citizens, but China’s Ambassador to the Armed Forces Zhang said that Washington was “attractive” to bring Pyongyang back into dialogue. I suggested that I should make a “suggestion”.

The United States has called for a return to dialogue, but North Korea has accused Washington of pursuing a “hostile policy” of having to withdraw before resuming negotiations.

“Providing sanctions relief without substantial diplomatic progress will only pour more income into the government and accelerate its realization. [weapons of mass destruction] “The Goal of Ballistic Weapons,” added Thomas Greenfield.

Pyongyang has conducted 13 missile tests since the beginning of this year, the latest including Mars 17 on March 24, and experts have described it as a “monster missile” that can be attacked anywhere in the United States or abroad.

Mars-17 was launched from Pyongyang International Airport, flew 681 miles (1,090 kilometers) to a maximum altitude of 3,905 miles (6,248.5 kilometers), and then collided with a sea target, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Said.

Japan and South Korea detected the missile on March 24th. Japan said the missile landed about 93 miles (150 km) west of the Oshima Peninsula within Kyodo News, the exclusive economic zone. report.

KCNA reported that Kim personally directed the missile launch to “make the whole world clearly aware of the power of his strategic power.” He has acquired “formable military and technical capabilities that are unaffected by any military threat” and has vowed to “prepare for years of confrontation with American imperialists.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.