WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the UNSC unanimously adopted the resolution expanding sanctions against North Korea.
"We welcome this unanimous resolution as a firm, united and appropriate response from the international community including China and Russia to North Korea's recent provocations," Earnest said.
US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said on Tuesday that the resolution introduces the strongest set of sanctions imposed by the United Nations in the past 20 years.
The Obama administration says it is still unclear how North Korea will respond to the UN Security Council’s expansion of sanctions on the country for its latest nuclear related activities, Earnest said.
"As it relates to the expectations of the North Koreans and what potential reaction they may have, there's not a lot of clarity about that," Earnest said when asked whether Washington expects Pyongyang to retaliate in response to the new sanctions.
Earnest noted that the United States was mindful of any additional steps that might be taken to ensure better protection for the country and its allies.