US will push for more sanctions if North Korea tests nuclear weapon

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, a missile is fired during a joint training between U.S. and South Korea at an undisclosed location in South Korea, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. North Korea test-launched a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile and two shorter-range weapons into the sea Wednesday, South Korea said, hours after President Joe Biden ended a trip to Asia where he reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to defend its allies in the face of the North's nuclear threat. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, a missile is fired during a joint training between U.S. and South Korea at an undisclosed location in South Korea, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. North Korea test-launched a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile and two shorter-range weapons into the sea Wednesday, South Korea said, hours after President Joe Biden ended a trip to Asia where he reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to defend its allies in the face of the North’s nuclear threat. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

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UPDATED 11:21 AM PT – Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The US plans to urge the United Nations to impose further sanctions on North Korea if the hermit nation performs a nuclear weapons test in the future. While speaking to reporters Tuesday, UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that she would ramp up pressure to put more sanctions in place if the test occurs.

The UN ambassadors remarks comes as US, South Korean and Japanese officials believe North Korea may soon carry out it’s first nuclear weapons test in nearly five years. Thomas-Greenfield stressed the need to enforce already existing sanctions on North Korea to deter nuclear efforts.

“We absolutely will,” she stated. “First of all, we need to enforce the sanctions that we have already authority to enforce. And we certainly, as we attempted in this last resolution, will push for additional sanctions.”

Russia and China both oppose new sanctions and, as permanent members of the Security Council, hold veto power over any potential resolution on the issue presented to the panel.

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