UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council was studying how to respond to revelations about a new uranium enrichment plant in North Korea, as well as the country's shelling of a populated island in neighboring South Korea, US Ambassador Susan Rice said Monday.
Rice spoke after the powerful 15-member group held routine consultations on UN sanctions against communist-led North Korea. The United States is one of the council's five permanent, and most powerful, members.
She said the that council's concerns about North Korea's nuclear activities have been heightened by its attack last week on Yeonpyeong, an island under UN command and administered by South Korea. Two South Korean marines and two civilians were killed in the shelling.