Washington will work to intensify UN sanctions on North Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s latest missile tests, US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.
“North Korea needs to know that provocations will only invite more pressure and further deepen its isolation,” Obama said on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Laos.
Bolstering the sanctions will involve closing loopholes in existing measures, the Wall Street Journal quoted Obama as saying after a meeting with South Korean leader Park Geun-hye in Vientiane.
Obama also stressed that the US is committed to a missile-defense system for South Korea to deter the threat of North Korea, the report said.
South Korea said in July that it will deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad, missile-defense system from the US by the end of 2017, a move China opposes.
Park said she and Obama agreed to maintain a strong deterrence structure and that world powers will respond to North Korea’s actions “by utilizing all means”.
On Monday, North Korea fired three Rodong-type midrange missiles off its east coast, drawing swift condemnation from the US and other world leaders.
The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea in March after Pyongyang conducted a fresh nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch in violation of UN resolutions.
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