Expressing concern over the situation, the UN Security Council called for immediate steps to end the violence, de-escalate the situation and re-establish law and order.
“We don’t take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today. We are not looking for war,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council after the vote. “The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return.”
The United States wants the Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers abroad, and to subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
The council said it remains “deeply concerned” at the political situation and the government’s failure to implement a resolution adopted last year calling for the deployment of 228 UN police and human rights monitors.
Haley, the first Indian-American to hold a Cabinet rank position in any presidential administration, was responding to a question from Congressman Ami Bera, who supported India’s membership to the UN Security Council.
Reiterating support for India’s quest to enter the elite club, Power said, “Let me affirm that we support a reformed UN Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.”
“We are dismayed at the opaque manner in which the Security Council continues mandate peace operations, without any accountability or transparency,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN said.
UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has said that the country was “on the verge of total collapse.”
Sharif had told Obama that India’s permanent membership in the UNSC is unacceptable to Pakistan.
Iran says its program is solely for energy production and medical research purposes.
“Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis,” Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said.
It could resolve a 12-year standoff, silence talk of war, help normalise Iran’s relations with the West.
But no resolution was adopted and there was no Security Council statement condemning Israel.
The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on recent tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.
Special attention had been on Turkey as it is under growing pressure to do more about the war in Syria pushing up against its border.