“It is clear that remaining silent, in the hope that the DPRK would similarly show restraint, is a failed strategy,” she said. DPRK is acronym for the country’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea. But it’s not clear how a call to stiffen the sanctions further will fare. Stressing North Korea’s economic troubles, veto-wielding China and Russia called last fall for lifting various Security Council sanctions against their neighbor.

The United States said Friday it would seek tougher U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea after it test-fired its biggest intercontinental ballistic missile, with leader Kim Jong Un vowing to expand his country’s “nuclear war deterrent” while preparing for a “long-standing confrontation” with the United States, AP reports.

North Korean state media reported the North’s first long-range test since 2017, and South Korea and Japan said they detected it. Thursday’s launch extended a barrage of weapons demonstrations this year that analysts say are aimed at forcing the United States to accept the idea of North Korea as a nuclear power and remove crippling sanctions against its broken economy.

At U.N. headquarters Friday, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the U.S. would propose a measure “to update and strengthen” Security Council sanctions that were originally imposed after the North’s first nuclear test explosion in 2006 and were tightened over the years.

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