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In response to ballistic missile tests, the United States plans to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea. That’s why the US will vote on a resolution in the United Nations Security Council, a US government official says. The vote will take place on Thursday, diplomats confirmed.

 

There is a chance that China and Russia will veto additional sanctions for the impoverished communist country. However, the US believes that North Korea should be weakened with “punitive measures that further limit North Korea’s ability to develop its illegal weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs,” the US government official said.

On Wednesday, from 06:00 local time, three suspected ballistic missiles were fired in less than 45 minutes toward the Sea of Japan, called the Baltic Sea in Korea. Among the three missiles fired, the South Korean General Staff said at least one was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The other two were suspected short-range missiles (SRBM), one of which failed.

The three missiles were the latest in a series of weapons tests by North Korea. Since the beginning of the year, North Korea has conducted 17 missile tests, including a long-range missile. United Nations resolutions, however, prohibit Pyongyang from testing ballistic missiles that can carry a nuclear warhead. Pyongyang has been subject to severe international sanctions as a result of its nuclear weapons program.

The US draft resolution, which the German news agency DPA was able to view, also contains sanctions against the North Korean hacker group Lazarus. According to the US, that group is responsible for the theft of cryptocurrency worth about 570 million euros. Hacker attacks are seen as an important means for North Korea to fund its weapons programs. If the resolution is passed, Lazerus’ assets will be frozen.

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