U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stressed that the burden is on North Korea to prevent an escalation. The ball is in their court. "They shouldn't try and play it", she said. The 15-member council has strengthened sanctions following each of North Korea's five nuclear tests.
"We fully support the efforts of all states in order to make sure that North Korea does not acquire the capacities that would become a threat not only to the region but in a wider area of the world", he told reporters.
Tensions have escalated over North Korean moves to accelerate its arms programs, including developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States and announcing that a declared priority is to develop a hydrogen bomb. "This should have passed as soon as possible after the missile launch attempt, period", the official said. Developing a hydrogen bomb is also a declared priority of North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK. "The US wanted to get the message out".
They also emphasized "the vital importance" of North Korea "immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization".
The U.N. Security Council threatened new sanctions against North Korea Thursday in a strongly-worded condemnation of its latest missile launch after the US agreed to a Russian request to include a call for "dialogue" with Pyongyang.
Asked by CBS News if she considers ballistic missile tests to be a provocation, she said the USA evaluates North Korean action based on whether the country "violates Security Council resolutions, so they definitely have done that".
The proposed statement on April 19 would have demanded that North Korea "conduct no further nuclear tests" and halt missile launches after Pyongyang carried out a failed test over the weekend.
Diplomats said Pyongyang ally China had agreed to the statement.
The US-drafted statement was agreed upon after Russian Federation insisted that language stressing the need to achieve a peaceful solution "through dialogue" was included in the final text.
Whether agreement can be reached on a statement remains to be seen.
Next week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a minister-level meeting on the North Korean issue at the UN.
The paper, obtained by The Associated Press, says the North's latest actions "make clear that further worldwide pressure is required for the DPRK to change its behavior if there is to be any hope for meaningful denuclearization talks to resume".
One diplomat said it was unlikely the Security Council would be able to resolve differences on the statement.
It was the fifth time this year that the council has adopted a press statement on North Korea.