WASHINGTON, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The United States welcomed the UN Security Council's condemnation on the attack that led to the sinking of the warship Cheonan of the Republic of Korea (ROK), saying Pyongyang must refrain from irresponsible and provocative behavior.
The UN presidential statement "sends a clear message that such irresponsible and provocative behavior is a threat to peace and security in the region and will not be tolerated," said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The statement, which was adopted by the UN Security Council early on Friday, condemned the deadly attack, but avoided from directly condemning the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ( DPRK) for the attack.
In a statement, Secretary Clinton said the UN Security Council' s statement underscores the reality that "a peaceful resolution of the issues on the Korean Peninsula will only be possible if North Korea fundamentally changes its behavior."
"It must comply with international law and obligations, live up to its commitments in the Six-Party Joint Statement of 2005, and refrain from provocative behavior," added the secretary, who is expected to visit South Korea later this month.
White House spokesman Mike Hammer also said that the UN statement warns Pyongyang that the international community "will not tolerate such aggressive behavior" against south Korea, and increases DPRK's international isolation.
The warship Cheonan was seen sunk near the ROK island of Baekryeong due to an unexplained explosion, killing 46 crew members. South Korea claimed the warship was torpedoed by the DPRK, but the DPRK denied its involvement.
On June 4, the ROK delivered a letter formally requesting the Security Council to take action over the sinking of its warship.