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Trump: U.N. Security Council must ready new sanctions on N.Korea
April 24, 2017 / 4:59 PM / 3 months ago

Trump: U.N. Security Council must ready new sanctions on N.Korea

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U.S. President Donald Trump looks up while holding a video conference call with Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA on the International Space Station from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2017.Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council must be prepared to impose new sanctions on North Korea amid escalating tensions over its missile and nuclear programs, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday ahead of a lunch with ambassadors from countries on the U.N. council.

Trump, speaking to reporters, said the council also failed to act in response to a recent Syrian chemical weapons attack, which he called a "great disappointment."

"The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable and the council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs," Trump said.

"This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. North Korea is a big world problem and it's a problem that we have to finally solve," he said.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Susan Heavey and Franklin Paul

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