U.S. Congressman Ami Bera said Monday that he doubts new sanctions on North Korea will be an effective response if the regime carries out a nuclear test, as it's widely understood to be preparing to do.
Instead, a potential nuclear test, he said, should be used to strengthen trilateral ties between South Korea, the U.S. and Japan.
Congressman Bera, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was speaking on a YouTube panel hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
He said North Korea is already "self-sanctioning" and further sanctions on North Korea right now are not an option, he said, because of China and Russia.