US seeks 'concerted action' on North Korea through sanctions

North Koreans watch a news report showing North Korea's Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile launch on electronic screen at Pyongyang station in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Aug 30, 2017.
North Koreans watch a news report showing North Korea's Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile launch on electronic screen at Pyongyang station in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Aug 30, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS/KYODO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States called on Wednesday (Aug 30) for "concerted action" by the international community to pressure North Korea into abandoning its banned nuclear and missile programmes by fully enforcing economic sanctions.

US disarmament ambassador Robert Wood, addressing the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, said: "The goal of using such sanctions is to pressure the government of North Korea to abandon its prohibited programs and activities, not to punish the people or economy of North Korea or other countries."

Senior military officials from South Korea, Japan and the United States made lengthy technical presentations on North Korea's weapons programmes to the Geneva forum.

North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Chol attended and told Reuters that he would deliver a 'right of reply' at the end of the session.

This story is developing.