UNSC does not adopt press statement condemning North Korea’s ICBM test l KBS WORLD

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The UN Security Council discussed adopting a press statement denouncing North Korea’s latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), but could not reach a conclusion. because of opposition from China and Russia.

At the Council’s open meeting held at UN headquarters in New York, most member states agreed that the ICBM test was a clear violation of UNSC resolutions.

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the latest test posed a serious threat to the international community’s non-proliferation efforts.

China’s ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, however, said North Korea broke its moratorium on ICBM testing because the United States had not kept its promise.

Anna Evstigneeva, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, held the US and North Korea responsible for the lack of progress in denuclearization talks and opposed Washington’s call for tougher sanctions against Pyongyang.

The meeting then moved to a closed session and discussed producing a joint statement, but opposition from China and Russia persisted.

Ambassadors from Western allies, including South Korea, the United States and Japan, held a press conference after the meeting and condemned the ICBM launch and criticized the Security Council for its silence.

Thomas-Greenfield pointed out that keeping silent in the hope that North Korea would similarly exercise restraint is a failed strategy.