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(2nd LD) Washington 'committed to using all the tools' to pressure N.K.: US envoy

All Headlines 19:14 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.

Power's visit is regarded as unusual as it come as the UNSC is working on a fresh resolution to penalize the North for conducting a nuclear test last month. She explained that her visit is aimed at "directly consulting with our partners" on the North Korea nuclear stalemate.

"To be clear, I've traveled this region at this time to consult directly with our close partners in the ROK and Japan on how we can effectively change the calculus of the DPRK regime. A major part of that is shaping a new UNSC resolution that will seek to impose new sanctions and tighten enforcement of those sanctions that are already in place," the ambassador said.

"While I'm here meeting with senior officials in the government of the ROK, U.S. technical experts in New York are working in lock steps with their counterparts to find new ways to make it harder for the DPRK to obtain materials and the hard currency that they have used.. (for) their nuclear weapons program," she added.

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