USA Today article The U.N. Security Council approved a draft resolution Tuesday that would lift the threat of sanctions against North Korea if the country can prove that it has made progress in dismantling its nuclear and missile programs.
The resolution would require the Trump administration to take steps to resume diplomatic and economic relations with the North and to cease its nuclear testing.
North Korea’s leaders have threatened to destroy the U of N. before they agree to negotiate, though there’s no evidence that has happened.
Trump had previously threatened to scrap the U.
“The United States and the DPRK are allies of the United States, and our relations are vitally important to the security of the world,” the White House said in a statement.
“The United Nations has repeatedly condemned the DPRK’s actions and efforts to develop nuclear weapons.
We urge the DPRK to cease all activities related to nuclear weapons.”
The U.K., Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Arab Emirates also support the resolution.
The U’s main ally, China, is opposed to the resolution and said in its own statement Tuesday that it was “deeply concerned” by the proposal.
The U’s ambassador to the U., Michael McFaul, told CNN that he had spoken with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who said China would not support the proposal to lift the sanctions on North Korea.
China, which is North Korea ‘s main ally and has conducted thousands of ballistic missile tests, has not responded to the proposal, according to the State Department.
The Trump administration has threatened to slap sanctions on China for supporting North Korea, but that move has so far failed to happen.
The Trump administration also has threatened sanctions on countries that are providing food aid to North Korea and has accused Iran of being responsible for the humanitarian crisis that has devastated the impoverished country.
The United Nations said in January that at least 50,000 people were estimated to have died as a result of North Korea famine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.