15:18 GMT +314 November 2019
Listen Live
    DPRK leader Kim Jong-il, center, at a ceremony to open a new residential area on Ryomyong Street in Pyongyang.

    Tillerson: US Ready to Slap More Sanctions on North Korea

    © Sputnik / Ilya Pitalev
    Politics
    Get short URL
    139
    Subscribe

    Washington is ready to slap another batch of sanctions on North Korea in the event of new missile and nuclear tests, Rex Tillerson said.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States is ready to put more sanctions on North Korea if Pyongyang continues to carry out missile launches and nuclear tests, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in his address to department employees on Wednesday.

    "We are preparing additional sanctions if it turns out North Korea’s actions warrant additional sanctions," Tillerson said. "We are hopeful that the regime in North Korea will think about this and come to a conclusion that there is another way to the future."

    Tillerson added North Korea’s security and economic prosperity can only be achieved through its commitments to denuclearize.

    Tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated as Pyongyang carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests in the recent months, which are considered to be in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.

    As a response to the potential use of nuclear weapons, the United States sent a strike group led by US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson to the Korean Peninsula, where it began exercises with the South Korean navy.

    US media reported that US President Donald Trump might order a strike against North Korea in light of its military activities. The North Korean top officials said the country was ready for nuclear attacks in case of possible US military aggression.

    Related:

    Mending Faces: US, China Set Aside Korean Conflict to Talk About Trade
    South Korea Still Considers North Occupied Territory After Korean War
    North Korea Ratcheting Up Sub Missile Launch Program, Satellite Images Suggest
    China Warns its Citizens in North Korea to Leave as Conflict with US Looms
    Tags:
    sanctions, Rex Tillerson, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik