Members of the U.N. Security Council in a Thursday closed-door session reportedly rebuked North Korea for its test earlier this week of two ballistic missiles.
Each representative at the powerful 15-member U.N. body condemned the firing of the Rodong medium-range missiles “as a violation of Security Council resolution[s],” Luxembourg diplomat Sylvie Lucas, the current rotating president of the council, said after the meeting was done, Reuters reported.
Multiple council envoys said further discussions probably would be held next week on potential new measures against North Korea. An unidentified Western diplomat told the news service it would “be an appropriate response” to broaden the number of North Korean entities under U.N. sanctions.
Whether the council decides to expand the sanctions list will depend largely on China’s willingness to go along. Beijing on a number of previous occasions has protected North Korea from Security Council punishments.
Meanwhile, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno on Tuesday told a congressional hearing that the service was “looking at the options” for maintaining deployment of an antimissile system in Guam that could counter intermediate-range ballistic missile strikes, the Pacific Daily News reported.
The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system was deployed to the U.S. island territory in spring 2013 during a period of heightened nuclear tensions with North Korea.
Separately, South Korea, Japan, and the United States have agreed to hold two separate trilateral meetings in April to focus on improving cooperation in responses to North Korea, the Yonhap News Agency reported. One meeting is to involve high-ranking defense officials from the three countries. The other session is expected to involve the nations’ senior negotiators assigned to a stalled multinational process on North Korean denuclearization.
Elsewhere, South Korean President Park Geun-hye in a high-profile speech on Friday said Seoul was prepared to supply North Korea with significant economic assistance, if Pyongyang would agree to surrender its nuclear-weapons program, Reuters separately reported.
What We're Following See More »
Trump, in a statement: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. ... I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”
"It's about time for unity," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We're endorsing Hillary Clinton. She's gotten 3 million more votes than Bernie, a million more votes than Donald Trump. She's our nominee." He called Sanders "a great friend of the UAW" while saying Trump "does not support the economic security of UAW families." Some 28 percent of UAW members indicated their support for Trump in an internal survey.
"Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention."
"Clinton and Bernie Sanders "are now devoting additional money to television advertising. A day after Sanders announced a new ad buy of less than $2 million in the state, Clinton announced her own television campaign. Ads featuring actor Morgan Freeman as well as labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will air beginning on Fridayin Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles media markets. Some ads will also target Latino voters and Asian American voters. The total value of the buy is about six figures according to the Clinton campaign." Meanwhile, a new poll shows Sanders within the margin of error, trailing Clinton 44%-46%.