US President Donald Trump promised a “severe” response on Tuesday to North Korea after firing an intercontinental ballistic missile, as calls for new sanctions against Pyongyang multiply.
However, China immediately called for the avoidance of “speeches and acts” likely to exacerbate tensions in the Korean peninsula, and Russia blocked a US draft UN Security Council statement calling for “significant measures Against Pyongyang.
“I call on all nations to confront this global threat and to publicly show North Korea that there are consequences to its very, very bad behavior,” Trump said during a visit to Warsaw .
Washington is thinking of “very tough” measures, the US president added.
US Defense Minister Jim Mattis denounced a North Korean “provocation” a few hours later, while insisting that the United States was seeking a diplomatic solution.
But he warned that any initiative in Pyongyang aimed at triggering a conflict would have “serious consequences”.
On Wednesday, the United States, backed by France, told the UN to propose new sanctions against North Korea.
An initiative supported Thursday by the European Union and Japan, which wished the rapid adoption of a resolution, according to European Council President Donald Tusk who received Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Russia says no
Russia, however, blocked Thursday a draft statement that the United States circulated for submission to the 15 member countries of the Security Council, according to diplomats.
Moscow argued that it had not been verified that the North Korean missile was intercontinental, reported a diplomat.
The ICBM missile test, which could reach Alaska according to the experts, constitutes a “clear and clear escalation” military of North Korea, said Wednesday, Nikki Haley, American ambassador, before the Security Council meeting in emergency.
“In the next few days, we will present […] a resolution proportionate to the escalation of North Korea,” she added.
North Korea’s number one Kim Jong-Un said Tuesday that the shooting of an ICBM on July 4, the day of the national holiday, was a “gift” to “American bastards.”
Pyongyang also said Thursday that it would be “a cake” for her to destroy her southern neighbor in response to the US-Korean maneuvers conducted after her shooting, according to the official North Korean news agency KCNA.
Russia, which has a right of veto on the Security Council, has on its side warned that it would oppose new sanctions as well as a military response.
“Everyone has to admit that sanctions will not solve the problem,” Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN Vladimir Safronkov said, adding that “any attempt to justify a military solution is unacceptable.”
The Chinese ambassador to the UN, Liu Jieyi, also considered that military action was “not an option”.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stressed that China “strongly urges North Korea to comply with UN resolutions,” but calls on all parties to exercise restraint.
Trump accuses Beijing
“The United States is ready to use the full range of its means, including military, to defend itself,” Haley told the UN, explaining that he had discussed with Mr. Trump sanctions against countries that continue to trade With North Korea.
On Twitter, Trump on Wednesday accused China of undermining US efforts by strengthening its trade with Pyongyang.
France has also called for “tightening and strengthening of sanctions”.
The Security Council adopted two sanctions regimes in 2016 to increase the pressure on Pyongyang and dry up the currencies used to finance its military programs, which are banned by the UN.
These resolutions have led to a significant reduction in exports of North Korean coal, a major source of income, and allowed more control of all shipments to and from North Korea.
In total, the UN has imposed six sanctions regimes in Pyongyang since its first nuclear test in 2006.
The successful launch of an intercontinental missile is a major success for the communist regime, whose stated objective is to be able to threaten the American continental soil of nuclear fire. He has already conducted five nuclear tests and has a small stockpile of atomic bombs.
Less than 24 hours after this test, Seoul and Washington replied by several missile shots simulating an attack on the Pyongyang regime.
South Korean President Moon Jae-In also said he was ready to resume talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, subject to a halt to Pyongyang’s military maneuvers. Speech on Thursday in Berlin on the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg.