North Korea poses a “grave threat” to the world, the White House said today, exhorting countries to apply maximum pressure on Pyongyang after it launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
“The North Korean threat is very grave. It’s not just a threat to the United States or a threat to the region — or the Korean Peninsula region, but a threat to the entire world and the civilised world,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters.“We’re encouraged that more countries are taking more significant steps to help apply as much pressure as we can on North Korea,” Mr. Shah said in response to a question.
We’ve seen China restrict energy shipments to North Korea.
We’re seeing dozens of countries engage in different efforts in their bilateral ties with North Korea to cut off both energy, economic ties, and diplomatic ties,” Mr. Shah said.
“So we’re seeing more and more steps take place. We’ll see future actions by the United States and others, and we’re looking forward to applying as much pressure as we can to get to our ultimate goal, which is a denuclearised Korean Peninsula,” he told reporters.