U.N. Security Council to vote on additional sanctions on N. Korea
NEW YORK-- The U.N. Security Council was to vote Friday on a proposal to sanction more North Korean officials and entities after the communist nation carried out a series of defiant missile tests in recent weeks.
The United States and China have put together a draft resolution expanding the blacklist of those subject to sanctions. Reporter has reported that the proposal calls for sanctioning four additional entities and 14 officials, including the North's Strategic Rocket Force in charge of ballistic missile launches.
"The resolution that we are about to vote on is very important because, as you know, it sanctions entities and individuals that are the core of the DPRK nuclear and ballistic programs. This resolution is also very important because it is not only a response to the regime's activities, but also a warning to the DPRK," French Ambassador to the U.N. Francois Delattre told reporters ahead of the council meeting.
"Make no mistake about it. Each new missile launch from the DPRK gets this country closer to an operational nuclear capability. We can't and we won't accept that. This is also a warning because the DPRK needs to understand that if it continues on this dangerous path we have no other choice than reinforcing the pressure again and again," he said.
The sanctions came after a series of successful missile tests by North Korea in recent weeks that demonstrated steady progress in its pursuit of various types of missiles, including a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S.
Source: Yonhap News Agency