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Security Council still divided over North Korean missile launches

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Washington has offered its 14 partners a text condemning the latest North Korean missile tests, but China, Russia, Africans and others refused to adopt it, specified to theFrance Media Agency these diplomats.

United States should come up with more attractive and practical approaches, policies and actions that are more flexible and address North Korea’s concernsinsisted Zhang Jun in front of the media, before the start of an emergency meeting of the Security Council convened at the request of Washington.

After the initiatives of former US President Donald Trump with regard to North Korea, we have seen the suspension of nuclear tests, we have seen the suspension of the launch of intercontinental ballistic missilesargued the Chinese ambassador in this rare statement before a Council meeting devoted to North Korea.

In recent months, on the contrary, we have witnessed a vicious circle of clashes, condemnations, sanctionslamented Zhang Jun whose country blocked in January at theUnited Nations the adoption of individual sanctions targeting North Koreans on the model of measures taken by Washington.

At least we did something to facilitate an improvement and avoid the escalation of tension. »

A quote from Zhang Jun, Chinese Ambassador to the UN

More than a year ago, China, together with Russia, proposed to the Security Council to adopt a resolution aimed at easing the international economic sanctions imposed on North Korea for humanitarian purposes, the Chinese diplomat recalled. . Due to a lack of support, this project has so far not been the subject of negotiations or put to a vote.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, wearing glasses, speaking to reporters

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is the US Ambassador to the UN.

Photo: Reuters/JOSHUA ROBERTS

This resolution rewards North Korea for its bad behaviorretorted after the meeting the American ambassador to theUnited NationsLinda Thomas-Greenfield. And there is no reason why this Council should reward them for nine tests in one month and almost as many in previous yearsshe told the media.

Spending millions of dollars on military tests while your people are starving indicates that this country doesn’t care about its own people.asserted the American diplomat.

Three meetings in less than a month

Friday’s Security Council meeting was the third in less than a month. On January 20, the last session ended with a joint declaration by eight countries (United States, United Kingdom, Albania, France, Ireland, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Brazil) joined by Japan. Seven members of the Security Council refused to join Washington’s initiative: Russia, China, India, Mexico, Gabon, Kenya and Ghana.

A session of the United Nations Security Council.

View of a Security Council meeting

Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

This Friday, the same eight countries with Japan, still led by Washington, again issued a joint statement at the end of the closed session of the Council.

We reiterate our call on North Korea to cease its destabilizing actions and resume dialoguesays their text. We continue to urge North Korea to respond positively to offers from the United States and others to meet without preconditions.he adds, condemning in the strongest terms the last Sunday firing of the most powerful North Korean missile since 2017.

According to the authors of the statement, the cost of the Council’s continued silence is too high. This will encourage North Korea to further challenge the international community, normalize its violations of Security Council resolutions, further destabilize the region, and continue to threaten international peace and security.they say.

According to experts, however, the dispatch on Friday of a message of warm congratulations from North Korea to its Chinese ally for the Beijing Olympics is the probable signal of a halt to missile firing during the sporting event.

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