Key Security Council nations reached an agreement today on a statement that would condemn North Korea's rocket launch and toughen UN sanctions against it. The US, China, Russia, Britain, France and Japan approved the pact after Tokyo backed down from a demand for a new resolution, which is the strongest response the Security Council can give.
“This is a strong and legally binding outcome of the Security Council which meets all of the objectives we have," said US Ambassador Susan Rice, but her predecessor called the action weak. “A resolution is an action. A presidential statement is an opinion,” John Bolton said. Pyongyang has warned that a UN censure could prompt its withdrawal from six-party nuclear talks.