(NEW YORK) — In a rare show of unanimity, the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday issued a strong statement against North Korea’s detonation of an underground nuclear device, thus setting the stage for yet another round of sanctions against President Kim Jong-Un’s government.
China, considered North Korea’s most supportive ally, joined the 14 other members in stating that Pyongyang was in “grave violation” of three U.N. resolutions when it conducted the test earlier in the day.
By promising to take “significant action” to punish North Korea for what it says was a “a clear threat to international peace and security,” the Security Council is on board with Washington, which previously denounced the “highly provocative” nuclear test that occurred two months after Pyongyang launched a long-range missile — another violation of U.N. rules.
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice will discuss how the Security Council can toughen and add on to existing sanctions that mainly target North Korea’s already-dismal economy.
However, nothing so far has convinced Pyongyang and its relatively new leader Kim to put a freeze on their rogue nuclear activities. Up to now, North Korea is the only nation this century to have conducted underground nuclear tests.
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Holly Yan, CNN
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