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4/28/17

North Korea: US urges UN to act on 'real' nuclear threat of North Korea or face 'catastrophic consequences' - by Clark Mindock

Mr Tillerson’s call for new sanctions came during an address to the United Nations, following weeks of mounting tensions over North Korea's nuclear program.

“All options for responding to future provocation must remain on the table. Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by a willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action if necessary,” Mr Tillerson said. “We much prefer a negotiated solution to this problem but we are committed to defending ourselves and our allies against North Korean aggression.”

Mr Tillerson said that the sanctions would be tough on North Korea and that the country would face hardships in the future should it not adhere for demands that it stop testing its nuclear arsenal.

“This new pressure campaign will be swiftly implemented and painful to North Koran interest,” Mr Tillerson said, noting that nations allied to North Korea may not approve. “But the catastrophic effects of a North Korean nuclear strike outweigh any economic benefits.

We must be willing to face the hard truths and mark hard choices right now to prevent disastrous outcomes in the future. Business as usual is not an option.”

 Read more: US urges UN to act on 'real' nuclear threat of North Korea or face 'catastrophic consequences' | The Independent

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