The United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting after North Korea on Sunday detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the council to impose the “strongest possible measures” against North Korea.
“Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy,” she said.
With Seoul warning that Pyongyang could be preparing another missile launch, Japan’s UN representative called for a raft of tough new sanctions.
“We cannot waste any more time,” Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho told reporters shortly before the Security Council meeting.
“We need North Korea to feel the pressure,” Bessho said. “If they go down this road there will be consequences.”
South Korea’s defense ministry said Pyongyang may be preparing another missile launch after two tests in July of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that apparently brought much of the US mainland into range.
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