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(LEAD) Washington 'committed to using all the tools' to pressure N.K.: US envoy

All Headlines 18:45 October 09, 2016

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SEOUL, Oct. 9 (Yonhap) -- The United States is willing to use every possible means to pressure North Korea to give up its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, a U.S. envoy to the United Nations said Sunday.

Samantha Power, Washington's ambassador to the U.N., made the remarks during a press conference held with a group of reporters in central Seoul, a day after arriving here for a four-day stay. She visited Japan before coming to South Korea on Saturday.

"While the Security Council resolutions are one tool in our toolbox and a very important instrument of pressure, we are committed to using all the tools in our tool kit to address this serious threat, including the diplomatic pressure that we are mobilizing around the world to convince other nations to isolate the regime," Power said.

"We understand that this is not only a threat to the U.S. and to the Republic of Korea but to the very foundation of our international order. We are determined to stand with you in addressing this threat. Our resolve is unwavering; our commitment is ironclad. We are by your side," she added.

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