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U.S. calls for global diplomatic effort to punish and sway North Korea

U.S. calls for global diplomatic effort to punish and sway North Korea


JUDY WOODRUFF: From North Korea today, new
defiance. The communist regime’s leader, Kim Jong-un,
insisted that he will never negotiate away his missile and nuclear programs. But the world’s highest diplomatic body held
an emergency session on how to get the North to do just that. Correspondent Nick Schifrin begins our coverage. NICK SCHIFRIN: This afternoon in the U.N.
Security Council, the U.S. tried to rally the world to punish and isolate North Korea. NIKKI HALEY, U.S. Ambassador to the United
Nations: It is a dark day, because yesterday’s actions by North Korea made the world a more
dangerous place. NICK SCHIFRIN: U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley
said North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile requires a global response. NIKKI HALEY: They have not had any care for
Russia or China in this. They have not listened to anything that you
have said. They’re not going to listen to anything that
you say. And so it’s time that we all stand together
and say, we will not put up with this action. NICK SCHIFRIN: Haley is trying to lead a diplomatic
effort to change North Korean behavior. The U.S. needs Chinese and Russian help, but
Beijing and Moscow have their own strategy. VLADIMIR SAFRONKOV, Deputy Russian Ambassador
to the United Nations (through translator): We call for all interested states to act with
restraint, rather than provocation and war-mongering. LIU JIEYI, Chinese Ambassador to the United
Nations (through translator): We call on all the concerned parties to exercise restraint,
avoid provocative actions and belligerent rhetoric, and demonstrate the will for unconditional
dialogue. NICK SCHIFRIN: Tuesday’s missile launch crossed
the intercontinental threshold the U.S. had been hoping to prevent. In science terms, the missile advance was
an incremental, but U.S. officials tell the “NewsHour” it was in a new, previously unseen
configuration. It was fired from a mobile launcher, had a
reentry vehicle, and was two-stage, as seen on North Korean TV. The immediate American response was its own
launch. The U.S. and South Korean militaries fired
tactical missiles today that can be rapidly deployed. And South Korea released a video of what an
attack on North Korea would look like, blowing up North Korean missiles, and video game graphics
of a South Korean jet bombing Pyongyang. But, as of now, the focus is very much on
diplomacy and increasing pressure on North Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released
a statement hours after the missile launch, saying any country that helps North Korea
is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime, and that all countries that all countries
must show North Korea there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons. In a tweet this morning, President Trump expressed
frustration that China hasn’t done more, writing: “So much for China working with us. But we had to give it a try.” So, the administration is casting a wide net. Today, Mr. Trump talked with Egyptian President
Abdel Fattah El-Sisi by phone. North Korea sells missile technology and receives
remittances from Africa to Southeast Asia. To try and stop that income, today, the U.S.
delivered a threat to China and others. NIKKI HALEY: There are countries that are
allowing, even encouraging, trade with North Korea, in violation of U.N. Security Council
resolutions. Such countries would also like to continue
their trade arrangements with the United States. That’s not going to happen. NICK SCHIFRIN: The U.S. military in South
Korea says it is being — quote — “self-restrained.” That policy will remain until the diplomacy
plays out. For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Nick Schifrin. JUDY WOODRUFF: We will take a detailed look
at the question of sanctions and North Korea right after the news summary.

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