Russia vetoes UN statement on North Korea's missile tests

Russia vetoes UN statement on North Korea's missile tests

Russia vetoes UN statement on North Korea's missile tests

While China has signed off on language for a new draft UN Security Council press statement condemning North Korea's recent failed missile launch, Russian Federation apparently has requested a change in the text, diplomats said on Wednesday.

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".

Instead, North Korea tested a missile Sunday, which was said to have failed, provoking more calls for the country to cease its hostile acts.

In the proposed statement, council members expressed "their utmost concern" over North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior" and again threatened to take "further significant measures".

"The US delegation stopped the work on the document without any explanation and claimed to the media that Russia had "blocked" it," the Russian delegation said. Last week, it used its veto power to block an attempt to condemn the killing of dozens of people in a suspected Syrian chemical attack.

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Little hope is held for reviving the motion against North Korea - one diplomat said it was unlikely the Security Council would be able to resolve differences on the statement.

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

Next week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a minister-level meeting on the North Korean issue at the UN.

The discussions on the text follow bold statements made this week by both US Ambassador Nikki Haley and North Korea's Deputy Ambassador Kim In Ryong. Since North Korea knows when satellites zip overhead, analysts say the games at the main administrative area, guard barracks, and support area of the command center-plus an apparently unused volleyball net at the command center-were likely meant to convey some sort of message, though they aren't exactly sure what.

"The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, a special-purpose United States plane, made an emergency sortie today over the East Sea", the source said, requesting anonymity. You know, the ball is in their court. "They shouldn't try to play it at this point".

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