Axios – 1:02 PM – The Trump White House wants the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution that calls on the North to abandon its nuclear and missile program and stop threatening the United States and its allies.
The resolution, which was first introduced in February, has drawn support from Russia, China, and Iran, and has the support of China’s leader Xi Jinping.
The United States, the European Union, and Japan have all vetoed similar resolutions.
But Trump, who was not present at Wednesday’s meeting, signed the resolution Tuesday, calling it “an important first step towards denuclearization and the resumption of dialogue.”
The resolution was introduced by China and Russia, along with Iran, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.
It was also introduced by Germany, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and Germany’s allies, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Trump’s comments come as the United states has intensified military drills in the region, including a naval exercise with Japanese forces and the deployment of hundreds of military and surveillance aircraft to the region.
The North Korean government has denied it is seeking nuclear weapons and has called for negotiations to end the war.
The nuclear test and a recent missile launch from the country’s east coast sparked the U.S. and North Korea’s first direct confrontation in the history of the Korean War.
The latest tests and a missile launch came just days after Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” and said he will “take out” the country if necessary.