The UN Security Council will hold discussions Thursday on ways to punish North Korea for its latest ballistic missile launches.
The request for a special meeting came from the United States after Pyongyang test-fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the East Sea.
On Wednesday, Deputy U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Washington is already in talks with other members of the UN Security Council and its allies and partners to take appropriate measures against the North for its latest provocation.
"But those are choices the North Korean government has to make. And we've been clear that the sanctions, the diplomatic isloation the economic isolation the political isolation that will all continue as long as they don't."
She went on to emphasize the U.S. takes Pyongyang's latest military posturing seriously since it clearly violates UN Security Council resolutions banning the nation from any ballistic missile launches.
In a related move, U.S. Congress will also consider North Korea sanctions legislation in May.
Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, unveiled the schedule as he addressed a congressional hearing on North Korea's human rights abuses.
Royce said his committee will do all it can to hold the North Korean leader and his aides responsible for crimes against humanity.
Hwang Ji-hye, Arirang News.