US Pushes For Tough UN Sanctions Against N. Korea

Last week Pyongyang launched an intermediate-range missile named the Hwasong-12 its longest-range missile yet, according to analysts. © KCNA VIA KNS/AFP STR

The US has launched a bid at the UN Security Council to quickly slap the “strongest possible measures” on North Korea in response to its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Washington will present a new sanctions resolution to the council to be negotiated in the coming days.

She said, “Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy.”

North Korea on Sunday triggered global alarm when it detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile.

The underground blast had a yield of between 50 and 100 kilotons, or on average more than five times more powerful than the bomb detonated over Hiroshima, UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the council.

Declaring that “enough is enough,” Haley said incremental sanctions imposed on Pyongyang since 2006 had failed and accused North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un of “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 declared.

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