UK Foreign Secretary to Press Russia: Stop Trade With NKorea ‘Until They Stop Posting Nukes on TV’

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says that his department will use its diplomatic channels to get more legally-binding sanctions against North Korea, including an end to Russian trade. In an interview with the BBC,…

UK Foreign Secretary to Press Russia: Stop Trade With NKorea 'Until They Stop Posting Nukes on TV'

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says that his department will use its diplomatic channels to get more legally-binding sanctions against North Korea, including an end to Russian trade.

In an interview with the BBC, Johnson says that he will urge China to help enforce more sanctions on Pyongyang. He says sanctions are likely to be the next avenue for pressuring North Korea to alter its nuclear ambitions, after pressure on the arms and illicit drug trade.

Johnson said that he will also put pressure on the Kremlin, telling Moscow to “put an end to its trade with (North Korea).”

We are determined to deal with Pyongyang diplomatically in our efforts to get the pressure on.

However, he says that unless the Russians do more, “they may end up … in a much weaker position with the international community.”

The North Korean foreign ministry said Saturday that the United Nations sanctions imposed by the Security Council on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile tests were tantamount to “an unimaginable declaration of war.”

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