As lawmakers in Congress return to Capitol Hill on Tuesday following a month long recess, rising geo-political between the U.S. and North Korea have overshadowed some of the looming fiscal challenges that will need to be addressed this month, including raising the national debt, securing an initial payment for Hurricane Harvey relief, and funding the U.S. government.
On Monday the U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea for conducting a 6th underground nuclear test during an emergency council meeting that saw many U.N. members calling for stronger sanctions against Puyang which has fallen under sanctions since 2006 over the defiant pursuit of its weapons program.
South Korea’s navy carried out live fire drills on Monday in response to North Korea’s 6th nuclear test over the week-end.
CNN reports on Tuesday that a senior South Korean lawmaker who attended a briefing by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) said that North Korea is believed to be moving an intercontinental ballistic missile, although details of the missile transport were not fully disclosed.
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley admitted on Monday during the U.N. Security Council Meeting that due to the urgency of the situation with the nuclear test and announcement by North Korea that they are planning for another ICBM test, she wants to urge the Security Council to “move very quickly” with a new resolution that the U.S. wants to negotiate later this week with the expectation of carrying out a vote by Monday September 11th.
Ambassador Haley said that despite the efforts of the U.N over the past 24 years, the North Korean nuclear program has become more advanced and more dangerous than ever.
Admitting that “we have engaged in numerous direct and multilateral talks with the North Korean regime, and time after time, they have not worked” she emphasized that the time for half measures in the Security Council is over and they must now adopt the strongest possible measures.
Criticizing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s lack of understanding with the responsibilities of being a nuclear power, Ambassador Haley said “His abusive use of missiles, and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war.”
Ambassador Haley explained that only the strongest sanctions will enable the U.N. Security Council to resolve this problem through diplomacy.
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