“The administration is united in insisting that any negotiations with North Korea must wait until the regime fundamentally improves its behavior,” the official said.
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According to official sources the sanctions will target “low-hanging fruit” Chinese entities – small financial institutions and “shell” companies linked to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs
The missile test came just hours after US secretary of state warned the United Nations Security Council that failure to curb North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes could lead to “catastrophic consequences.”
The sanctions would be part of a multi-pronged approach of increased economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea.
Senior officials say all options ranging from tighter sanctions to pre-emptive air strikes against North Korea will be discussed.
White House officials made clear that the final decision would be linked in part to Vietnam’s human rights situation.