European Union hardens measures against North Korea over weapons tests

  • European Union hardens measures against North Korea over weapons tests

European Union hardens measures against North Korea over weapons tests

All three nations are permanent members of the U.N. Security Council which this week approved new sanctions to punish Pyongyang's September 3 atomic test, its largest to date.

The United States has sought an embargo on oil imports to North Korea at the U.N.

Tillerson's policy adviser Brian Hook said the Secretary of State "never misses an opportunity in bilateral, multilateral settings to raise North Korea and the need to increase pressure on North Korea".

Tillerson added that a "great country" and "world power" such as China could ultimately use the very powerful tool of oil supply to compel North Korea to reconsider its nuclear program and come to the negotiating table.

But the United Nations agreed last week to weaker measures against Pyongyang - although the United Nations is banning ban textile exports, an important source of its revenue for the North.

Tillerson said the provision was aimed exclusively at China because it supplies neighboring North Korea with most of its oil, as well as most of its trade.

Tillerson called those fresh punitive measures "the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take".

North Korea launched a missile towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea) early on Friday morning.

"In our view, Iran is clearly in default of these expectations of the JCPOA, through their actions to prop up the [Syrian President Bashar] Assad regime, to engage in malicious activities in the region, including cyber activity, aggressively developing ballistic missiles", Tillerson told reporters during a press conference with British counterpart Boris Johnson. The global community adopted new measures on 11 September which put in place the most stringent UN sanctions regime placed on any nation in the 21st century.

He is now in London for talks with Johnson and Theresa May, covering a wide range of issues including Hurricane Irma, the North Korean crisis and the situation in Libya.

"These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation".

Britain said the Libya talks would focus on "how to break the political deadlock" and build support for the U.N.'s efforts.