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Russia Blocks Security Council Statement on North Korea

By April 20, 2017

Region: Europe

Topics: Emerging Threats, National Preparedness

 

Russia Wednesday blocked a draft U.S. statement in the U.N. Security Council condemning the latest North Korean missile test.

 

The statement said North Korea's illegal ballistic missile activities are leading to a nuclear weapons delivery system and "greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond."

 

The council also would have demanded that the North "immediately cease further actions in violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions and comply fully with its obligations under these resolutions."

 

Members said they are concerned Pyongyang is diverting resources toward building missiles and bombs while the population has "great unmet needs."

 

It is unclear why Russia blocked the statement, which is almost identical to a February council statement that Russia approved, condemning other ballistic missile tests.

 

But diplomats say Moscow objected to the removal of the words "through dialogue" in the latest statement when talking about a diplomatic solution in the North.

 

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to preside over a Security Council meeting next week on North Korea. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will brief the members.

 

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned North Korea Wednesday not to "pick a fight" with the United States.

 

Source: VOA NEWS

 

Photo: AP -  Russian Deputy U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov raises his hand to vote against a resolution at U.N. headquarters in New York, April 12, 2017.

1 Comment

1.     arecca said...
May 1, 2011

No surprise at all. The land of " The Zcars has not shared and will never share the western democracies values. Probably president Donald Trump has already realized that Russia is not a friend at all. The fact of Former President Gorbachov approache the West was a merely financial need. There was no commitment on his side ( nor did the Russian people feel ) an open sympathy to democratic values.

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This entry posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 a30 08:17 AM and is filed under Emerging Threats.