US lawmakers call for North Korea sanctions
May 20, 2010
US lawmakers united behind South Korea on Thursday as Seoul accused North Korea of sinking one of its warships in a torpedo strike that left 46 sailors dead, pushing for new sanctions on Pyongyang.
“As allies, South Korea and the United States are fully prepared to meet any and all threats posed by North Korea and to deter further acts of aggression,” warned Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair John Kerry, a Democrat.
Seoul and Washington will work closely on “the appropriate next steps” including referral to the UN Security Council and possible new sanctions on North Korea based on a formal probe by international investigators, he said.
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