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N Korea at crossroads

US presses countries to enforce North Korea sanctions

Pompeo says Pyongyang's violations dim denuclearization hopes

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley speak to reporters at the U.N. on July 20.   © Reuters

UNITED NATIONS -- Sanctions against North Korea must be enforced by all countries until Pyongyang moves seriously on toward denuclearization, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a briefing to U.N. Security Council representatives on Friday.

"Members of the United Nations Security Council, and by extension all United Nations member states, have unanimously agreed to fully enforce sanctions on North Korea, and we expect them to continue to honor those commitments," Pompeo told reporters here after the briefing. "When sanctions are not enforced, the prospects for the successful denuclearization of North Korea are diminished."

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