Security Council ready for new sanctions on North Korea

UN Security Council condemns North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests, demands it stop them.

Ben Ariel,

United Nations Security Council
United Nations Security Council

The United Nations Security Council on Monday condemned North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests, warning that it was ready to impose further sanctions on the isolated country, Reuters reported.

On Sunday, North Korea conducted its latest such test, and later claimed it had successfully conducted a mid-to-long range missile test, which was aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead".

In a unanimously agreed upon statement, the 15-member Security Council said it was of vital importance that North Korea show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions."

"To that end, the Security Council demanded the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests," the council said.

The statement also condemned an April 28 ballistic missile launch by Pyongyang.

The UN Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has strengthened the measures in response to its five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches. North Korea, however, ignores the sanctions and continues to conduct tests.

"The members of the Security Council vowed to fully implement all measures imposed on (North Korea) by the Security Council and strongly urge all other member states to do so in an expeditious and serious manner," said Monday’s statement, according to Reuters.

On April 16, North Korea attempted to launch a missile - but it blew up in the sea. Experts claim they may also have publicly displayed an ICBM during a parade marking the 105th birthday of North Korea's founder.