NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is demanding greater diplomatic and political pressure against North Korea.
Speaking at a press conference in Brussels on Tuesday ahead of the NATO Defense Ministers' Meeting, Stoltenberg reiterated that Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development must be stopped as it's a threat to the entire world.
"No one wants war. But at the same time we have to avoid that North Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons and long range missiles and therefore we need to put pressure on them by diplomatic means, by political means but not least by economic sanctions."
He then welcomed the UN Security Council's adoption of intensified economic sanctions against the regime in September following its sixth nuclear test and missile tests.
Saying the North's nuclear issue will be a major agenda of the two-day meeting, he also stressed NATO's capability and strong commitment to counter any kind of attack.
Stoltenberg also announced NATO plans to send around three-thousand more troops to Afghanistan, half of them from the United States, in an effort to bolster support for training the Afghan army.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.