GOP senators urge UN Security Council action on North Korea

GOP senators urge UN Security Council action on North Korea
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A trio of Republican senators is urging the U.N. Security Council to take “immediate and additional actions” against North Korea.

“We are encouraged by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting today to discuss the urgency of the threat posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK),” they wrote in a letter to the council Tuesday. “We urge the UNSC to take immediate and additional actions to increase the pressure on the DPRK and bring Pyongyang into full compliance with its international obligations.”

The letter was organized by Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerGOP senator calls on China, 20 other countries to cut ties with North Korea Week ahead: Crunch time for defense bill’s cyber reforms | Equifax under scrutiny It is time to make domestic terrorism a federal crime MORE (R-Colo.) and cosigned by Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCorker pressed as reelection challenges mount -trillion debt puts US fiscal house on very shaky ground Senate votes down Paul's bid to revoke war authorizations MORE (R-Ariz.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.).

The Security Council held an emergency meeting Tuesday afternoon in the wake of North Korea’s latest missile launch, which experts said represented a significant step forward in its quest for an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

The missile tested Sunday reached a height of more than 1,300 miles and then plummeted back down through the atmosphere, seemingly simulating the type of reentry needed for a nuclear warhead. The missile could have flown about 2,800 miles at maximum trajectory, putting the U.S. military base at Guam within reliable striking distance.

In their letter Tuesday, the senators cited six U.N. Security Council resolutions that North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs violate.

They called for new sanctions, as well as steps to address North Korea’s cyber activities. Researchers have found a link between North Korean hackers and a recent massive ransomware attack known as Wanna Cry.

“In particular, we urge you to adopt new sanctions that prohibit the DPRK’s access to hard currency, prohibit the imports of minerals from the DPRK, cut off the oil supply to the DPRK, and take additional actions to address the DPRK’s malicious cyber behavior,” the senators wrote to the Security Council.

Ahead of the meeting Tuesday, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley warned that the United States could look to broaden sanctions to other countries aiding North Korea.