The United States is negotiating with China on a possible stronger U.N. Security Council response – such as sanctions – to North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile launches, which the 15-member body normally condemns in a statement, diplomats said.
It was not immediately clear how open Beijing might be to new sanctions. The council has traditionally boosted sanctions in response to North Korea’s five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches.
Sanctions were first imposed on Pyongyang in 2006.
North Korea has in the past year stepped up its missile tests, firing dozens of various types of rockets, according to South Korea. The most recent test, which failed, came on Friday following a U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea, chaired by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.