The U.S. mission to the U.N. has requested an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Monday in response to North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a Security Council diplomat tells CBS News.
The U.S. is asking the Security Council to meet and discuss the international community’s response to the North Korean test, its second ICBM launch in a month. The missile launched on Friday traveled 1,000 km before landing in the Sea of Japan. Analysts said the missile puts cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York within range of a North Korean strike.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denounced the missile launch, saying in a statement Friday that North Korea was “in blatant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that reflect the will of the international community.”
Tillerson also called Russia and China “the principal economic enablers of North Korea’s nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development program.”
North Korea conducted its first successful launch of an ICBM on July 4, firing a missile that analysts said was capable of reaching Alaska. Following that test, the Security Council was unable to agree on a statement condemning Pyongyang after Russia objected to language referencing an ICBM.
The U.S. and China have since been negotiating over the terms of a new resolution against North Korea.
After the July 4 launch, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley called for existing sanctions on the North Korean regime to be tightened. She also pushed the Security Council to levy new sanctions to cut off currency that the North uses to finance its nuclear program.
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SOURCE: CBS News, Pamela Falk