"Every avenue should be taken to stop the development of nuclear ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] capabilities of North Korea," the lawmaker said. "It's a threat to America, but it's also a threat to the Russian Federation."
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said earlier in March that the United States did not want to get back into the six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear program. State Secretary Rex Tillerson said on the following day that the US policy of strategic patience toward North Korea reached its limit.
The talks were launched in 2003 and aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear program via negotiations involving Russia, the United States, China, Japan, North Korea and South Korea.
The negotiations reached a stalemate when North Korea withdrew from the talks in 2009.
Since the beginning of 2016, Pyongyang carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests, with the latest being the launch of four missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan, conducted on March 6, 2017, prompting escalation of tensions on the peninsula.