WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government sought Wednesday to send a message that it would seek a consensus with China and Russia in dealing with North Korea's latest rocket launch, as the U.N. Security Council began an emergency session.
The White House described the launch Wednesday, Korea time, as a demonstration that Pyongyang intends to "continue a pattern of disregard for its international obligations."
"So we will continue to work with our international partners to ensure that the North Korean regime is further isolated, that it is further punished for its flagrant violations of international obligations," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at a press briefing. "We engage with the Chinese and the Russians and others on the Security Council and beyond in our effort to build a consensus about the unacceptability of North Korea's actions."
Carney's remarks came amid renewed concerns over how cooperative Beijing will be in a Washington-led diplomatic push in the U.N. to punish Pyongyang.