Washington: President Donald Trump threatened new sanctions on North Korea Wednesday after its most powerful missile test yet and urged China’s leader “to use all available levers” to convince its wayward ally.”
It was not immediately clear if Trump was referring to additional US sanctions or another around of penalties at the United Nations. Agreement between the US and China, both veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, is key to such action. The council is due to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon.
Trump tweeted that he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about “the provocative actions of North Korea. Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!”
North Korea said it launched a “significantly more” powerful, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile. Outside governments and analysts concurred the North had made a jump in missile capability.
Some observers believe the Hwasong-15 missile that was tested on a high trajectory and splashed down in the Sea of Japan in the early hours of Wednesday in Asia could potentially reach Washington and the entire eastern U.S. seaboard.