Washington fears ballistic missiles from North Korea

The United States has called for an emergency public meeting of the UN Security Council on North Korea to be held on Wednesday at 19:00 GMT following the recent ballistic missile fire, diplomatic sources revealed on Monday.

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The meeting comes amid US fears that North Korea will resume nuclear testing in the coming weeks.

Washington, current President of the Security Council in May, had been considering holding a meeting on the recent Pyongyang-organized shootings since late last week, according to the same sources.

No comment was immediately available from the US diplomatic mission to the United Nations.

Despite tough international sanctions, North Korea has ramped up efforts to modernize its military in recent months, conducting 15 test launches since January. His latest experiment was launching a sea-to-surface ballistic missile on Saturday.

On Friday, Washington warned that Pyongyang was “preparing the Punggye-ri test site and could be ready to conduct a test there as early as this month, which would be its seventh nuclear test.”

Negotiations to convince North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear weapons and halt his ballistic weapons program have failed. The regime did not let up after the UN imposed several rounds of international economic sanctions on Pyongyang in 2017.

In April, the United States presented its 14 partners in the UN Security Council with a draft resolution that further tightened sanctions against Pyongyang.

The text, seen by AFP, would reduce the amount of crude oil North Korea is allowed to import for civilian use each year from four million to two million barrels and impose restrictions on new exports from North Korea, including mineral fuels and watches.

Diplomats say China and Russia, which vetoed the council and instead have long proposed a resolution to ease sanctions on North Korea, have so far declined to discuss the draft’s content.

The latter has not yet been put to the vote. Washington has promised to “move ahead” this month, but no date has yet been set for a vote, diplomats say.

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