U.S. urges UN to condemn North Korea; China, Russia blame U.S.

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The United States and its allies on Monday called on the UN Security Council to condemn North Korea’s illegal ballistic missile launch, while China and Russia stepped up military exercises targeting North Korea to heighten tensions. accused the United States of

At an emergency meeting, US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield told the Council that the United States proposed a presidential statement, in which at least 15 members all agreed to condemn North Korea’s unprecedented missile launch, It said it would urge North Korea to abide by UN security.The Council approved the resolution and will “engage in meaningful dialogue.”

A Security Council presidential statement requires the support of all members, including North Korea’s closest allies China and Russia.

Foreign Secretary Thomas Greenfield said the United States considered North Korea’s two short-range ballistic missile launches on Monday, following an intercontinental ballistic missile launch on 21st, to be “flashy” against the Security Council’s ban on the country’s ballistic missile launches. It said it condemned “in the strongest terms” as a “violation”.

The launch and North Korea’s threatening rhetoric undermine international peace and security, said Thomas-Greenfield.

And she warned that the council’s silence and failure to condemn North Korea’s missile activity “leads to irrelevance.”

But North Korea’s allies China and Russia say what is needed now is dialogue with North Korea and the Biden administration, easing military exercises, easing sanctions against North Korea, and the resolution they circulated in November 2021. He argued that it was approved. Korean Peninsula situation.

The resolution urges the Security Council to end a number of sanctions against North Korea and urges the United States and North Korea to resume dialogue and adopt a declaration or peace treaty that formally ends the military conflict. Consider taking steps to reduce the risk of tensions and military confrontation, including 1950-53 Korean War. The war ended in a truce and the peninsula was technically at war.

China’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Dai Bing said the joint US-South Korea military exercises were “at a higher level and on a larger scale”, the deployment of US strategic assets, and two weeks ago NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s He talked about his high-profile visits to Seoul and Tokyo. It is “highly provocative” and “exacerbates insecurity” against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“The United States has repeatedly expressed its willingness to engage in unconditional dialogue with North Korea, and concrete steps should be taken to initiate and sustain dialogue,” he said. “Exclusive pursuit and piling up of sanctions will only lead to a dead end.”

Russia’s deputy ambassador Dmitry Polyansky told the council that North Korea’s missile test was “an unprecedented military action in a region under the umbrella of the United States and clearly anti-Pyongyang in nature.”

Japan’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kimihiro Ishikane, who convened an emergency meeting, said Saturday’s ICBM fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone just 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Hokkaido, leaving people to fall from the sky. told the board that he was able to see

“You can imagine how terrifying it must have been to see the missiles coming in,” he said, stressing that it endangered ships and aircraft and was “an act of intimidation and the threat of force.”

Ishikane countered those who argued that the Security Council meetings were provocative to North Korea, saying that remaining silent only encourages rule-breakers to write their strategies as they please.

After the Council meeting, Thomas Greenfield read out a statement surrounded by ambassadors on behalf of the ten Council countries and South Korea, strongly condemning the recent missile launches and calling out to the other five Council countries: He urged them to join us in condemning “North Korea’s irresponsible behavior.”

Eleven countries — Albania, Ecuador, France, Japan, Malta, Mozambique, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and South Korea — “remain committed to diplomacy and continue to call on North Korea to return to dialogue.” said the statement.

“But as North Korea advances its illicit nuclear and missile capabilities and threatens international peace and security, we will not remain silent,” their statement said.

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