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4. UNSC members call for unity against N.Korea

Some member countries are calling for the UN Security Council to show a united stance against North Korea.

The Security Council is scheduled to hold ministerial talks on Friday. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair the meeting.

France's ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre, said the maximum level of sanctions should be imposed at the meeting on North Korea.

Britain's ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, called North Korea the biggest issue. He said his country will stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States, Japan, South Korea and other allies to ensure that the menace from North Korea is adequately dealt with.

Sweden's envoy, Olof Skoog, said there is a consensus on the need for the Security Council to be united on measures, including the full implementation of sanctions on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

US State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters on Tuesday that Tillerson is expected to demand that the countries, including China, fully implement the sanctions at the meeting on Friday.

Toner described the meeting as part of the US pressure campaign against North Korea. He said Washington is looking to apply pressure that isolates the regime in North Korea, and those pressure points are diplomatic, economic, and, if necessary, military.